If your kitchen countertop has begun to look rather questionable and you’re thinking about getting a new one – forget about it! With a bit of patience and elbow grease, you can refinish those countertops for much, much less than it would cost to replace the entire set of kitchen counters. Plus, doing it yourself should actually save time.
Tools for the Job
Before you get started on this project, assemble all the tools and items you need to pull it off. This way, you’ll be more efficient when working, and you’ll have all the necessary items on hand in case of an emergency cleaning or touch-up job.
For starters, get a hold of a high-volume & low-pressure spray gun as well as a facemask or respirator. You’ll need to wear this for the majority of the project’s duration.
Also, grab a palm sander, masking tape, some paper, primer or epoxy paint, chemical cleaner, EP-acrylic topcoat, and some bonding agent if the surface you’re working on is porcelain or tile.
Remember, your final product depends on how good of a preparation job you do, so clean the entire countertop surface thoroughly with chemical cleaner first. This will help the surface bond much better with the bonding agent you’ve chosen, so be sure to rinse and completely dry the cleaned surfaces once you’re ready to begin.
Refinishing Part 1: Surface Sanding
1) Use a palm sander to rough up the kitchen countertop surface that you’re planning on refinishing. Since a palm sander vibrates, it’ll do a more thorough job of sanding all the areas of the countertop without missing any areas or unevenly covering the surface. Sanding the area is what helps your paint or finish to adhere to the surface correctly.
Refinishing Part 2: Applying Chemical Adhesive
2) If your kitchen countertop happens to be porcelain or, more likely, tile counter, you will need to apply a bonding agent to the surface before anything else. Using a spray bottle, apply the adhesive thoroughly over the area to be refinished. Allow this at least 5 minutes to dry before moving on – though it would also be wise to read the adhesive manufacturer’s instructions first.
Refinishing Part 3: Refinishing Your Kitchen Countertop
When refinishing countertops, the best product you can use for the project is something called EP-acrylic. This is an acrylic polymer coating that produces a strong and highly durable finish – and is also available in a wide range of colors, easily matched to your current kitchen decoration.
That means no settling for an awkward countertop shade! If the countertop you’re refinishing is an older, tile model, it would be best to use an acrylic polymer product that has a gloss finish. With other types of counter material, try looking for an EP-acrylic polymer with satin finish to create a full shine.
3) According to the manufacturer’s directions, prepare your primer and put it into your spray gun’s paint pot. Test the spray gun on a scrap piece of surface before painting, just to be sure the gun is working properly, and if everything is working well – begin spraying.
4) Use a side-to-side motion when spraying, in order to ensure that you’re laying down an even coat. When you reach the edge of your counter surface, release the spray gun’s trigger so that you avoid excessive spray in any one area.
5) In order to get the best refinished appearance on your kitchen countertop, use two coats of primer and follow it with at least two or three coats of your chosen acrylic topcoat. You should wait at least 30 minutes between each coat of primer and topcoat, just to ensure that the paint has enough time to fully dry. Finally, after you’ve applied the last coat, wait at least 48 hours before using the countertop so that all the layers can set.