Corian countertops is there a good resourse on how to and where to buy material

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03-01-2007 01:05 PM

I am starting on two sets of Kitchen cabinets and on one of them they are wanting Corian tops. I have built cabinets and had Tops installed by other people. But I was wanting to try my hand at it. I have been told that it cuts and machines great. I am just looking for a resourse on how to do it. And then I will do a some for myself first, and then try it on one of these sets of cabinets that I am building. Also where is the best place to order the material.


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#1 posted 03-01-2007 03:42 PM

There’s a retail outlet in your area:

Complete Home Concepts
520 NE Barry Rd.
Kansas City, Mo.
(816) 468-0888

If you are in the trade you could ask them where to buy. Or, look in the yellow pages under plastics, or laminates, cabinet shop supplies, Formica. Any distributor that sells cabinet shop supplies may sell Corian or an equivalent, or direct you to a distributor. Or, call some cabinet shops in your area and ask where to buy.

As for fabricating, you could Google until you find a site. I tried that and found most pages were fabricators. But, take the time and you might find a good source of information.

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#2 posted 03-02-2007 06:26 AM

I’ve worked with it a bit. I got good info from the suppliers on instillation and fabrication. I find it is really a two to three man job depending on the counter top size. I’ve worked more with swanstone which is a cheaper 1/4 inch fiberglass material. Pretty heavy stuff. Plan on buying some tools. Basicly clamps and more clamps. My different plastic laminate suppliers usually carry a brand of solid surface. It is fun to work with.

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#3 posted 03-02-2007 06:44 PM

Last night I had dinner with some of the Sawmill Creek denizens, and Aaron Koehl mentioned that he uses Corian in his sign shop, and that at first DuPont was going to make him go take the full countertop makers and installers course, but after a year or two they relented and will sell the stuff to sign shops directly.

Which tells me that you’re probably going to have some trouble getting your hands on the raw materials, and possibly the appropriate glues and solvents, and that cabinet shops and suppliers to same are likely to not sell it to you, but you might try making friends with the proprietor of your local friendly sign shop.

Or finding a competing material.

Personally, given the cost of the stuff, I’d tend towards granite, but that’s just me.

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California,

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#4 posted 03-02-2007 06:59 PM

Most of the other suppliers would be more than happy to sell to you. They would enjoy thumbing their noses at Corian.

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#5 posted 03-05-2007 03:38 AM

Dan Lyke, I am pretty sure you are right. If you get Corian from an authorized dealer they will make you take an installation/safety type course before they will sell to you. I know back when our shop used it all the time our installer had to go to classes every year or 2 in order for us to keep buying it. Now we use a material that is just like it but a hell of a lot cheaper, but I can’t for the life of me remember its name but I am pretty sure it starts with an S.

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#7 posted 03-05-2007 05:17 AM

I get Corian from a countertop factory, but I only get scraps for my Woodshop students to work with. It is my understanding that because of the warranty associated with Corian, Dupont will not sell or allow the product to be used by anyone other than a qualified corian technician, who has taken and passed the course. The reason for this – in the early days, false promises by unqualified installers would result in product failure after the installation. This led to the customer calling Dupont with their complaints. You know where that went don’t you? Dupont was refunding/losing money because of faulty workmanship. I don’t know all the particulars, but flat & level subsurfaces, along with correct interior radius cuts, contributed to most of the problems.

-- Larry, New Jersey

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#8 posted 03-09-2007 01:49 AM

No wasn’t Surrel, I want to say it was Silestone or sandstone or something like that. I was wrong anyways Hi-macs is the stuff we are using right now, pretty much just like corian only a lot cheaper!

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#9 posted 03-09-2007 02:19 AM

I’ve worked with a product called swanstone, but it is a 1/4 material that is fiberglass based. Looks good and is a bit cheaper, but it is itchy to work.

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