Black Galaxy Granite
Black Granite Alternatives
Marble or Other Natural Stone
Ice Stone and Concrete
Epoxy with Metallic Pigment
FAQs About Granite Alternatives
We’ve helped people epoxy numerous things, from live edge epoxy tables with solid wood to shower walls. In that time, we’ve also helped people decide between epoxy and natural stone.
- Is black galaxy granite expensive? Yes. Next to marble and other exotic stones, it’s among the most expensive options out there. Some granites cost more than most marbles!
- Does real black granite need to be sealed? Yes, it does. Because granite isn’t as porous as other stone, it doesn’t need the same kind of sealer—or as much of it. But most people recommend sealing it every few years.
- Are real black granite countertops hard to keep clean? No. However, they should be cleaned shortly after cooking so that food residue doesn’t affect the minerals. And not only should you avoid letting citrus sit on it, but you should also avoid using citrus-based cleaners. (Even Clorox has citric acid, so don’t use Clorox on your granite!)
- Should kitchen floors be darker than countertops? If you’re worried about a design faux pas when working with black galaxy granite, here are some tips. First, dark floors look great with dark countertops! Second, hardwood and light floors look great, too. Either way, your interior will pop if you allow for a little bit of contrast.
- Are epoxy countertops cheaper than granite? Epoxy is much cheaper to granite. Plus, it doesn’t require professional installation.
- How much does it cost to do epoxy countertops? Some of our customers have created their own amazing countertops, floors, and more for just a couple hundred dollars. Our black galaxy granite kits start well below $100.
- Does epoxy make a good countertop? Yes! It can look like galaxy granite, Carrara marble, fractured jade, and more. Also, it’s stain-resistant, heat-resistant, impact-resistant, and very moisture resistant.
Supplies Needed for Black Galaxy Epoxy
Step 1: Clean and Prep your Surface
Clean the area where you will be applying epoxy and ensure it is level. Sand or smooth out any rough edges or bumps. Use our Black Undercoat to prep your surface. Do 2 coats of it! Make sure to let it completely dry and off-gas. Then sand with 220 grit sandpaper.