an easy-to-apply, one-part product that is scrubbable, washable, moisture- and chemical-resistant against common household items. One can of base covers up to 25 sq. ft., and the coating is tintable to 16 colors. Clean it up with mineral spirits.
Epoxy-coated countertops are rapidly growing in popularity due to the almost limitless color patterns and combinations made possible by creatively combining various products in artistic ways. Some suppliers offer customiz- able kits to create a fresh, new epoxy surface without the high cost or demolition. To order a kit from countertopepoxy.com, first determine the amount of epoxy needed for coverage and choose your base color (the overall color of the countertop). Next, choose any metallic powder you’d like to incorporate. These accent colors can be mixed into the epoxy or sprayed over the top to make the countertop look more like natural stone. Finally, add another clear coat, which is not required but can make the countertop appear more three-dimensional, very smooth and even more durable. The basics of application involve mixing the two-part epoxy with the
base color and “flood coating” the entire countertop surface. Thoroughly coat the countertop, allowing the epoxy to run over the edges. Heat the surface with a propane torch to help level the epoxy and release air bubbles. Torch evenly and never let the heat stay in one place. Move the torch in even, overlapping strokes or the epoxy surface will burn. This step not only levels the epoxy and releases air bubbles, but it can also give the finished product a marbled effect. After you level the base coat, you can mix in accent colors by adding metallic mica powders to
91-percent isopropyl alcohol in spray bottles. Shake often before and during application to keep the colors suspended. Use this mix- ture to create veins, marbling, granularity and contrast. Layer col- ors on top of each other or apply them in random patterns. To make veins, drag accent colors through the epoxy surface with a paint stick. Create swirls by mixing two colors over each other. To create granular effects, apply the accent colors from a distance with a spray bottle, adjusting the nozzle for a fine or coarse spray. To enhance the effect, you can apply veining or glitter to a final clear coat, which adds dimension and detail to the new surface. The range of colors and patterns is really only limited by the user’s imagination. For a variety of step-by-step tutorial videos on applying various effects with epoxy, visit
WiseBond offers a wide range of epoxy colorants, and even glow-in-the-dark additives. Photos courtesy www.stonecoatcountertops.com.
COATING A COUNTERTOP