KITCHEN COUNTERTOP & BATHROOM EPOXY REFINISHING KITS
EPOXY KITCHEN COUNTERTOP REFINISHING KITS
Coverage is 50 sq. ft. based on smooth, non-porous surfaces. Irregular or porous surfaces such as cinder block may require greater quantities per square foot.
Kayla's Application Instructions and review of the Kitchen Countertop Epoxy Kit
If you're just joining us, I've been documenting the our average kitchen refresh. Today is a big deal because today is all about my favorite update, the countertops, AND a review of a pretty awesome product from Armor Garage.
I probably spent the most time researching what to do about the countertops than I did on all the other projects we tackled combined. First, we considered just replaced them completely. After a few hours on Home Depot's website, trips to Lowe's and Home Depot, we decided it wasn't worth the time or money. Plus, we reasoned that the counter tops were still in very good condition; no cracks, no stains, no water damage.
Just oh so yellow.
I moved on to counter top resurfacing/refinishing/making less ugly kits. The price point was more reasonable and we would be the labor so we could save there too. Once I started looking into them and reading reviews, I was still on the fence. I didn't want to learn a painting technique. The Rustoleum kits are popular but the actual process was a nightmare.You put on a coat of adhesive and then dump a bajillion and one tiny pieces of "granite" onto it. You put on so much, in fact, that you are required to VACUUM UP the extra. Nope, nope, NOPE. I knew I would have tiny pieces of granite all over my house and in everything for the rest of forever. Plus, with all the sanding, dumping, sanding, more vacuuming, and finally sealing it would mean the kitchen would be shut down for the rest of forever too. I kept reading reviews and there were so many reports of the poly top coat yellowing, staining easily, and the finished product chipping very easily. So after I did all that work and vacuuming, there really wasn't much of a guarantee that it would hold up to day to day use. My kid puts his cups in the sink by whipping them at it and his aim is not too fabulous. They will receive wear and tear.
Finally, in the depths of the internet, I stumbled on Armor Garage and the clouds parted, the sun came out, and birds began to sing.
Armor Garage specializes in industrial floor epoxy and garage flooring. Their floor coatings are military grade. Large vehicles, heavy equipment, airplanes, you name it- they all drive on top of their product every day. Clearly whatever product they offer needs to be tough, durable, and stain resistant. And they happened to offer a kitchen counter top kit.
They had my attention.
I started googling for reviews, pictures, tutorials and was surprised to not find very many. The ones I did find were excellent, as were all the before and after photos included on their website. I concluded that many people didn't look to a flooring company for a kitchen counter top resurfacing kit and sent an e-mail to the company with a few questions I had about the product. I explained that I hadn't been able to find many reviews, and that I would be more than happy to provide one after we completed our project.
As it turned out, they have been wanting to add a step by step tutorial and asked me what color I wanted to use. Then they sent me a kit. Can we say customer service?
A couple weeks later, two separate shipments arrived at my door. When shipping paints and other chemicals, expect a slower shipping window because of regulations that need to be followed. After I unpacked the boxes this is what was included:
when we taped. We also wiped down the counters to remove any grease, dirt, etc., that would keep the paint from adhering correctly. We had one shot at this, and weren't planning on messing up. Next, we taped off/covered anything that we didn't want covered in granite epoxy.
We paid special attention around the edges of the sink and made sure there was a good seal. Finally, we were ready to PAINT! This was a huge moment for me. I may or may not have hovered with the camera and drove Mike a little crazy. I should also be clear that since Mike's painting skills > my painting skills, he was the official painter. I declared myself photographer, item fetcher, inspector, window opener/closer, and cheerleader. We used a brush to cut in first and followed up with the included 3 in. roller.
We (meaning Mike), found it was easiest to go very slowly and we never had any splatter problems. The directions clearly stated to lift the roller when you came to the end of a stroke instead of rolling again. It kept it manageable. This coat took the longest to dry, but it was totally worth it.
We just had to be sure to remember the edges and sides. This was also, in my opinion, the smelliest step. We didn't want to open windows or run fans that would stir up dust and dog hair so we got out our trusty plastic sheeting and created another kitchen crime scene. It kept the fumes in the kitchen and out of the rest of the house.
We waited as long as we possibly could to let it dry; meaning even when we KNEW it was dry, we still held off on putting everything back a little bit longer. Mike touched up the paint around it and applied the new caulking in the meantime. The instructions said to let dry 24 hours, but we used an abundance of caution simply because they looked so much better and who wants to mess that up? I mean really….
Epoxy Formulation Replicates Real Granite Finish
- For All Countertops and Back Splashes
- Super Thick Rock Hard Polished Finish!
- Heat Resistant to 200 Degrees!
- Will Not Wear Off, Peel, Crack, Fade or Yellow!
- Works on Formica, Tiles, Corian or Plywood
- Complete Kit with Easy to Follow Instructions
- Easiest Countertop Refinishing Kit to Apply with Professional Results and No Odor! Food Safe.
- Three Easy Roller on Steps with No Flakes or Special Effects to Apply!