Before picture with light brown burn marks.
2. I switched to a finer sandpaper (about 220-grit) and sanded the entire area in circular motions.
3. I used about a 320-grit sandpaper and repeated sanding the entire area in circular motions.
4. I wiped away all the dust (this does make a pretty big mess of fine white powder), and buffed the counter tops with a wet abrasive cleaning sponge.
5. I had some counter top polish that I sprayed on and buffed the counter with, but this part is not necessary.
This was the easiest and cheapest of all my kitchen projects and people keep asking me if I bought new counter tops.
These solid surface counter tops are over 10 years old, but they look brand new.