Countertop Resurfacing Guide
Learn how to save thousands of dollars on your next home renovation project. Our expert Mike will show you how to use our Stone Coat liquid epoxy to transform and resurface laminate countertops in only a couple of hours. With this tutorial, you'll be able to refinish countertops, tabletops, desktops, and more! Continue reading below as we cover every pro tip and trick you'll need to resurface laminate countertops.
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Counter Resurfacing Prep
One of the most critical steps when you resurface laminate countertops is preparation. Prepare the kitchen or bathroom for an epoxy makeover by covering the floor and cabinets to keep epoxy drips off. We use 3 mil plastic for the cabinets & Ram board for the floor. Use delicate release tape when covering the cabinets.
Sand & Clean Your Countertop
Create a mechanical bond on your smooth surface existing countertop by 1st sanding with 60 grit on a random orbital sander. Wipe the dust then clean your project with TSP (trisodium phosphate) to remove all the dirt, grime, and grease before applying a bonding primer.
Resurfacing Countertops with Bonding Primer
Resurface Laminate countertops and create a mechanical bond on your smooth existing countertop by 1st sanding with 60 grit on a random orbital sander. Wipe the dust then clean your project with TSP (trisodium phosphate) to remove all the dirt, grime, and grease before applying a bonding primer.
Apply The Countertop Restoration Undercoat
Apply two coats of Stone Coat Epoxy countertop restoration undercoat in your color of choice. Sand between coats with 220 grit sandpaper. Before applying your color coat of epoxy be sure the undercoat is completely dry.
Apply Your Countertop Refinishing Epoxy Color
Mix up 3 ounces of Stone Coat Countertop Epoxy per square foot of countertop. Measure at a 1:1 ratio and mix for 2 minutes with a drill and paddle mixer. Pour mixed epoxy into separate mixing containers. Tint the epoxy with your desired spray paint, metallic powder, or liquid epoxy dye colors. Pour the tinted epoxy back into the larger mixing container in layers taking time to apply spray paint between most layers. Click the more info button below for more Exotic Pour Pro Tips.
Apply The Countertop Resurfacing Clear Coat
Mix up clear Stone Coat Countertop Epoxy at a 1:1 ratio. Measure 3 ounces of epoxy per square foot of countertop. Mix for 2 minutes with a paddle mixer and drill. Pour the clear epoxy on the center of the countertop, use a 1/8'' notch trowel to evenly spread the clear epoxy. Use our Chop Brus and with the heel of the brush randomly chop the top to remove trowel lines and mix one more time. To get the best countertop resurfacing finish use a propane torch to remove air from the epoxy. Torch in a sweeping motion 2-3'' from the surface. Torch at least 3 times.
Ultimate Top Coat
We recommend for Ultimate scratch resistance and for the best natural sheen, mix and apply Stone Coat Ultimate Top Coat. Fast application and dry time. Mix at a 2:1 ratio by volume and add a cap full of water, mix thoroughly with a slow speed drill, and paddle mixer for 2-3 minutes. Pour mixed Ultimate Top Coat in a paint tray. Only mix enough topcoat that can be applied in 15 minutes.
De-shed two paint rollers. One will be used to apply the topcoat wet, and the second will be used to dry roll the topcoat. Saturate a paint roller with topcoat and back roll excess off in a paint tray. Apply to the center of your countertop restoration project and roll the topcoat thin, even, and don't forget the edges.
Dry roll the top coat to remove lap lines from roller. Only a thin coat is necessary. Apply and dry roll the top coat in 8 foot sections at a time. Avoid over rolling to keep excess bubbles Stone Coat Countertops Ultimate Top Coat will be dry to the touch in 8 hours and ready for countertop use in 24 hours! This top coat will keep your project looking natural and is extremely scratch resistant leaving your project looking like the day your poured for many years to come!
Enjoy Your New Countertops!
The Ultimate Top Coat will be dry and ready for use in 24 hours. Clean your resurfaced laminate countertops with any non-abrasive cleaners designed for countertops.