Benchtop Refinish Meta
Countertop / Tabletop Preparation
For best project results, the surface should be in sound physical condition and free of extensive damage. Laminate seams should be glued down firmly. Otherwise, the laminate needs to be clean and dry, free of dust, dirt, oils, food residue or other contaminants that may block adhesion.
Damaged laminate surfaces with open or loose seams or missing sections must be repaired enough to offer a stable installation surface prior to coating. Bare wood surfaces designated for covering with the Countertop Kit coatings must also be in good physical condition with a relatively smooth surface. Areas where laminate may be missing should be filled with drywall spackle, wood filler or other suitable durable filler. If missing laminate pieces are still available, they should be glued back into place and be "repaired" with drywall spackle to create a smooth installation surface. As required, wood surfaces with similar issues should be repaired in a similar manner before continuing with coating application.
Tile countertops should be skim coated with a polymer-modified thinset or other suitable topping to adhere to the tiles and fill grout line indentations to create a smooth surface. The skim coat must also be allowed to cure as directed prior to coating.
Since it is a smooth synthetic surface, laminate needs first needs to be well scuffed with the enclosed 80 grit sandpaper in the kit to add some fine bonding tooth. Follow by washing the countertop and removing any chemical residue and let the surface dry.
The countertop kit coatings can be applied directly to most wood surfaces. If the surface is covered with a coating that is not peeling, a light scuff and damp cloth wipe are adequate preparation. If there are stains, chemicals or other serious contaminants in the surface that may cause discolouration or adhesion problems – or if there are previous peeling coatings – the surface should be sanded down to "new" wood. With the surface clean, you may proceed with coating. Particle board and MDF can also be coated.
PROTECTING NEARBY WALLS, FLOORS, FIXTURES AND CABINETS
Use plastic drop sheets or old newspaper and painter's masking tape as required to protect surfaces not intended for coating.
DEALING WITH SINKS AND FAUCETS
Ultimately, popping up the sink and any trim, such as faucet flanges, allows for easiest preparation with less masking around fixtures. If possible, this is best. Otherwise, careful masking around adjoining edges is required.
Good surface preparation is easy if performed with attention to a few key details. For best results, follow written product instructions. For detailed preparation information, a visit to the surface preparation section is also recommended.
PROCEED WITH APPLICATION OF YOUR DESIRED FINISH ONLY WHEN PREPARATION STEPS ABOVE HAVE BEEN COMPLETED.
SpreadStone Countertop Kit Application
STEP ONE:Use a combination of the enclosed brush and roller to apply a uniform treatment of Countertop Base Coat. Allow it to dry for 30 - 60 minutes.
STEP TWO: Use a combination of the enclosed bruch and roller to apply the first coat of the Countertop Stone Coating. Roll on in a continual x-pattern with light to medium roller pressure. See the full installation video here for a complete demonstration. Allow the coating to dry for 1 - 2 hours and then proceed to apply the second coat of the Countertop Stone Coating in exactly the same manner. Once applied, allow the surface to cure fully for 24 hours before application of the Countertop Clear Coat.
SANDING: With the Stone Coating completed and dry, the surface will be rough and lack any decorative speckle until it is sanded and polished down to a smooth consistency. First use the 80 grit sandpaper to "rip down" the stone to a smoother level. Then use the 120 grit for final polishing. Stop sanding when you are happy with the level of smoothness you have achieved. Wear the enclosed dust mask during sanding.THOROUGHLY REMOVE ALL SANDING DUST WITH A VACUUM, THEN GIVE THE SURFACE A FINAL WIPE WITH A DAMP CLOTH.
STEP THREE: Apply the Countertop Clear Coat in a uniform medium coat over the entire surface. Avoid continually rolling over clear coat that's already been applied. Just roll it on and leave it alone to level out. Allow about four hours to dry and repeat. Allow the Countertop Clear Coat to cure for 24 hours before resuming use of the countertop. Maintain lighter normal use for the first few days as the surface achieves maximum strength.
1) Peel up masking tape along any edges. Slice along adges with a utility knife to cleanly separate the tape from the coated surface.
2) Apply clear silicone caulking to seal around edges where water may try to leak through (like around sink edges). This will complete the job.
ENJOY YOUR NEW SPREADSTONE COUNTERTOP FINISH!
Visit the SpreadStone Countertop Finishing Kit page for additional details and a full instruction video.
READ AND FOLLOW ALL ENCLOSED DIRECTIONS AND PRECAUTIONS THAT COME WITH THE PRODUCT PRIOR TO BEGINING YOUR PROJECT.
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