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.
Blain Haeg
Gold Standard Floor Care
512.257.3070 office
512.750.1242 cell

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