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Why does my marble look rough and dimpled?

Q. When I am polishing with a powder the marble gets a dull, wavy appearance and sometimes looks rough and dimpled. What’s going on?

A. You are describing what is known as "orange peel." Orange peel is the result of using too much acid on the marble. In other words, most marble polishing powders contain acid, and you are either using too much powder or working the powder for too long. You will find that it is very easy to orange peel certain types of marble. Negro Marquina, Crema Marfil and other soft marbles are easily orange peeled. To remove the orange peel you will need to have your professional restoration contractor hone your marble. If you do not already have a PRO, we may be able to recommend one near you. Contact us.

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