Check it out-- still wet, but on the way to being luscious!
The above is just not good.
I didn't know this until a really hip sculptor told me, but marble is really soft. This means you can shape it with just sandpaper. I put these countertops in myself three years ago and so I'm not afraid of ruining them. I'll give a quick tutorial on how to do this, but be warned, sanding your countertops will DEFINITELY void your warranty. And P.S. You don't have to do your entire kitchen-- you can spot-sand and seal.
Step one: sand with a handheld orbital sander. I used 80-220 grit depending on how deep I needed to go.
Step two: clean off dust. A heaping load of dust. Holla if ya love dusty furniture!
Step 3: Apply sealant. I used Bulletproof, a sealant a granite installer recommended. Use lambswool applicator for smoothest finish and apply it thick. The sealant I got was for floors. This seemed to me that if if would work where heels dance jigs, then it would do the job where plates are slid. (And yep, I did this same method when I installed three years ago and have been superpleased with how it held up. But folks, none of this stuff is eternal.)
Step 4-7 Keep layering on the sealant. And keep chasing those nosy kids who want to "touch the gloss" away. Minimum 24 hours of no touching.