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Epoxy Kitchen Countertops

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Epoxy Kitchen Countertops

Transform your old, unattractive laminate countertops with a faux granite finish. Home improvement centers and paint stores sell faux granite epoxy paint kits for a fraction of the price of real granite countertops. For the best results, take your time and prepare the laminate surface well before adding the paints. The entire process takes several days so plan on relocating your food preparation until the job is done. google_ad_channel = ‘6887971154’; google_ad_client = ‘pub-3235755782694080’; google_ad_output = ‘js’; google_max_num_ads = ‘1’; google_ad_type = ‘text’; google_image_size = ‘180×150’; google_feedback = ‘on’; google_skip = google_adnum; google_url = ‘bottom’; google_label_text = ‘Sponsored link’; 1Fill any cracks, gouges, scratches or dents with epoxy putty. Allow the putty to dry and sand smooth. 2Degrease the countertop with a solution of trisodium phosphate and water, following the label instructions on the container. Rinse the countertop thoroughly. 3Sand the surface, backsplash and trim edge of the countertop with the kit’s diamond-embedded sanding tool. The scratches provide small nooks and crannies in which the primer and paint will fill and adhere. Use two hands to press the sanding tool down on the countertop and firmly move the sanding tool in small concentric circles until the entire surface is covered with fine scratches. 4Wipe the countertop completely clean of all dust and debris. Wait for the dust to settle and wipe again. The counters must be pristine, or the base coat and flakes will not adhere to the countertops. Vacuum the counters and the surrounding cabinets or windowsills with a shop vacuum, if necessary. 5Apply strips of painter’s tape along the wall where it meets the backsplash, under the trim edge where the counter meets the top of the base cabinets, and against any other surfaces you want protected. Tape a thick layer of newspapers over the sink. Tape a sheet of plastic over the base cabinets. Cover the floor with drop cloths. 6Stir the adhesive base coat primer in the can and pour it into the paint tray. Using the paintbrush, paint the backsplash in a very thick, even coat. Work quickly and do not allow the primer to dry. 7Use the kit’s paint roller to spread a very thick, even coat of base coat primer onto the large flat section of countertop. Finish painting the trim edge with the paintbrush. Again, work quickly so the primer does not completely dry. 8Fill the kit’s chip dispenser with flakes. Mist a light coat of the wetting agent over a five- or six-foot portion of the countertop, paying careful attention to the backsplash and trim edge. Spray an even, light coat of the wetting agent, but don’t spray so much that it creates puddles or drips. While the portion of the counter is still wet, rotate the handle on the chip dispenser to sprinkle a generous amount of flakes to the surface. Start with the backsplash, coat the trim edge, and disperse the flakes onto the flat surface last. Completely cover the surface with the flakes. 9Spray another five- to six-foot sections of countertop with the wetting agent. Apply a generous amount of flakes over this area. Continue wetting portions of countertop and generously applying more flakes. Work quickly so that the base coat primer does not dry before you add the flakes. When you have covered the countertop, allow it to dry for at least 12 hours but no longer than 24 hours. 10Vacuum up excess flakes with a shop vacuum. Scrape the entire surface of the countertop with the kit’s plastic scraper to remove loose flakes. Exert some pressure while you scrape to fully remove loose chips. Vacuum the excess flakes again. 11Sand the entire countertop with the kit’s diamond-embedded sanding tool. The surface color of the countertop will lighten considerably — this is normal. Exert pressure on the sanding tool to smooth the countertop surface fully. The surface should feel only slightly textured when you are done. Avoid pressing too hard on the edges or the counters or you may remove the flakes. If the flakes do come off and expose the countertop beneath, dab a small amount of base coat primer with a damp sponge and cover with flakes. Allow to dry and sand smooth. 12Vacuum the countertop with a shop vacuum. Wipe the countertops with a damp, clean cloth or sponge. Wipe repeatedly until the countertops are completely free of dust. 13Combine the can of protective clear coat activator with the protective clear coat base. Stir with the paint stick for two full minutes. Pour a small amount into a clean paint tray. 14Apply the protective coat to the backsplash first, using the nylon-bristled paintbrush to apply a thick, even coat. Paint the trim edge. 15Apply the protective coat to the flat surface of the countertop with a fresh paint roller. After you have applied the first layer, re-roll another coat onto the surface. Start at the backsplash of the countertop and roll the roller toward you and around the trim edge in a single smooth stroke. Work your way down the countertop until the entire surface is covered in this manner. Allow to dry for four to six hours. 16Score the painter’s tape where it meets the countertop with the edge of the putty knife. Slowly remove the tape. Remove the plastic sheeting from the cabinets and the newspaper layers from the sink. Wait at least 48 hours before you use the countertops. After that, you can use them for light use such as placing items on the surface that weight less than five pounds or gently washing with water and a sponge. Begin normal countertop use after one week. Things You Will Need Faux Granite Finish Kit Epoxy putty Putty knife 100-grit sandpaper Trisodium phosphate Bucket Clean rags Shop vacuum Drop cloth Plastic sheeting Painter’s tape 2 paint trays 2 2-inch nylon-bristled paintbrushes Sponge Tip For best results, enlist a helper to paint the backsplash and trim edge while you roll the paint onto the flat countertop surface. The chips must be applied within 20 minutes after you have painted the countertops with the base coat, so work quickly. If you accidentally bump the countertop and remove the flakes, reapply a small amount of base coat primer with a paintbrush and cover the surface with more flakes. Skip the coarse flakes and select “fine” flakes for your countertop. Smaller flakes provide a smoother countertop surface and adhere better to the paint surface. google_ad_channel = ‘4818890251’; google_ad_client = ‘pub-3235755782694080’; google_ad_output = ‘js’; google_max_num_ads = ‘4’; google_ad_type = ‘text’; google_image_size = ‘336×280’; google_feedback = ‘on’; google_skip = google_adnum; google_url = ‘bottom’; google_label = ‘top’; google_label_text = ‘Sponsored Links’; Suggest a Correction Epoxy Countertop Coating Over Laminate How to Make Laminate Countertops Look Like Granite How to Redo Countertops With Spray Granite How to Make Recycled Glass Counters google_ad_client = ‘pub-3235755782694080’; google_ad_channel = ‘9557755723’; google_ad_output = ‘js’; google_max_num_ads = ‘5’; google_ad_type = ‘text’; google_image_size = ‘160×600’; google_feedback = ‘on’; google_url = ‘bottom’; google_label = ‘top’; google_label_text = ‘Sponsored Links’;
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Epoxy Kitchen Countertops

Painting with Epoxy Coatings Once the primer cures for the time recommended by the manufacturer’s label, apply your epoxy coating. Use a foam roller or a quality natural or synthetic brush to apply a thin, even coat. Begin at the outside edges of the countertop and spread the epoxy toward the center. Wait for the epoxy to begin setting, and while it is still soft, run a metal scraper edge across the surface to smooth bumps or high spots. Allow the first coat to dry and then apply a second coat. Once you cover the surface a second time, roll across the surface from left to right to smooth the finish. Allow the epoxy to cure completely before using your countertop. Typically, epoxy coatings dry to the touch in about 24 hours, but don’t fully cure for at least three days.
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Epoxy Kitchen Countertops

Once the primer cures for the time recommended by the manufacturer’s label, apply your epoxy coating. Use a foam roller or a quality natural or synthetic brush to apply a thin, even coat. Begin at the outside edges of the countertop and spread the epoxy toward the center. Wait for the epoxy to begin setting, and while it is still soft, run a metal scraper edge across the surface to smooth bumps or high spots. Allow the first coat to dry and then apply a second coat. Once you cover the surface a second time, roll across the surface from left to right to smooth the finish. Allow the epoxy to cure completely before using your countertop. Typically, epoxy coatings dry to the touch in about 24 hours, but don’t fully cure for at least three days.
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Epoxy Kitchen Countertops

Before you mix your epoxy coating, apply an adhesion primer or promoter to the countertop with a sponge roller. Epoxy coatings require this coating to ensure a durable finish, but you can also use a primer labeled for use on shiny surfaces like laminate. Once the countertop is primed and dry, mix the epoxy coating, which is typically packaged in two parts: resin and hardener. Mix these immediately prior to application. Read the label to determine how much of each part is necessary to cover the surface of the laminate. Avoid mixing too much epoxy, because you cannot store it for later use.

Epoxy Kitchen Countertops

Epoxy Kitchen Countertops
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