I'm looking at a newly installed soapstone counter top that has a flaw in a small area. The builder is trying to determine if the flaw was in the slab before installation, or if the installer created the issue, possibly using a hand tool.
You'll see a relatively small area, about 16" long & 2"-4" wide, that has more gloss than the surrounding area & also has very distinguishable waves/bumps. It appears to be generally following a vein path. Looking at the pic with the reflection of the sliding door, you can clearly see how the reflection goes from smooth to wavy.
Thoughts? Could a hand grinder create this type of effect on soapstone?
On a separate note, the installer applied Tenax Hydrex Polished Stone Sealer to this, leaving a hazy mess. I'm going to strip it and apply mineral oil. There are also some minor scratches that should come out with 100-220 grit sandpaper.
Thanks for your ideas.