Refurbishing your old kitchen and bathroom countertops with epoxy is a great decision as it is durable, resistant to scratches and chemical damage, and waterproof. That’s why it is important to know the do’s and don’ts, so the pouring and setting process is efficient and you get the desired results.
Here are some do’s and don’ts you should remember while using countertop epoxy:
- Wear a mask while pouring the liquid
The first step towards ensuring a safe resurfacing process is taking care of yourself. Get the masks and gloves ready, so you don’t harm yourself in any way. You can jot down the steps on paper, so you don’t have to keep going back and forth.
- Take accurate measurements
For the project to be successful, it is important that all measurements are accurate. Take measurements twice, so you are sure about the count. Make sure to take the height of the surface as well, since the countertop is a three-dimensional product. After you are done pouring the mixture, avoid placing any heavy objects on it for at least a few days.
- Bring it to an optimum temperature before pouring
The temperature plays a crucial role in deciding how your finished product looks. Maintain the epoxy liquid temperature between 70 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Don’t let it fall below 70 degrees Fahrenheit as the end result won’t be durable. Maintain the room temperature between the same degrees for the following three days.
- Don’t purchase less quantity
If you want to cover 40 square feet of area, you will need a minimum of two gallons of epoxy. After coming home, when you take measurements again and find an error that makes the area bigger, go back to the store and order some more. Using less epoxy can lead to an uneven surface.
- Don’t use torch excessively
Popping bubbles is the most satisfying thing ever but overusing the torch can cause the epoxy to scorch or burn. You don’t want the ugly amber marks destroying the beauty and freshness of newly renovated countertop.
- Don’t pour more than you require
Pour a small amount and work your way with it. Then pour some more and more until the entire surface is covered. Small quantities are easy to work with and deliver better quality.
- Don’t be scared of the project failing
Whether it is your first DIY project or 10th one, there will be mistakes. If you think something’s going wrong, take a deep breath, drink some water, relax, and call the epoxy brand for help.
Once the epoxy has set, rub mineral oil all over it using a soft cloth to add a protective film. Still have questions? Feel free to contact one of our flooring experts at ArmorPoxy