Rustoleum Countertop Transformations Kit
With the Rustoleum Countertop
Transformations Kit it's easy for anyone to turn their old, outdated countertops into a beautiful new surface that
looks just like real granite or natural stone.
Everyone knows how impressive, elegant and expensive granite countertops are.
The problem is that natural stone counter surfaces can cost thousands of dollars, putting them outside the
budget for a lot of different projects. With the Rustoleum Countertop Transformations easy-to-follow
instructions, this innovative new system provides a step-by-step process that gives an incredibly realistic
stone look without having to spend more then a few hundred dollars.
Unlike a painted or faux finish offered by other refinishing products, this system
is a layered approach using colored, decorative chips broadcast over an adhesive base coat, sanded and then
encapsulated with a two-part epoxy resin. Two part coatings are called "catalyzed" coatings because they require
a hardener to be mixed with the resin in order for it to dry. Catalyzed epoxies dry much harder and are more
expensive then their "one-part" cousins making this a more durable countertop finish.
By layering the vinyl decorative chips the end result is a durable, almost 3
dimensional look that resembles real granite. The materials and adhesives will also adhere to metal or wood trim
- which is very nice if your countertops happen to have trim or backsplash materials that are not laminate or
formica. The kit covers up to 50 square feet of counter space, contains antibacterial protection and can be
completed from beginning to end in a weekend quite easily.
In terms of refinishing your countertops as a do-it-yourselfer this layered system
is actually easier to obtain professional results then either painting or marbelizing. The work involved is a
bit more demanding physically (because of the sanding) but mistakes and flaws are easy to correct if you bump
into it or spread the layered chips out unevenly. All that's required is to apply a little adhesive coating to
the area and sprinkle the decorative chips back over it. Sand the patched area, apply the clear coat and it will
blend in perfectly. This multiple layered system is completely saturated with an industrial two-part siliconized
epoxy creating a stain and water resistant countertop that will last for many years.
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Product Details for the Rustoleum Countertop
Refurbishes laminate countertops to a granite or natural stone appearance
Each kit covers 50 square feet of counter space or twenty linear feet
No special skills are necessary. Kit includes detailed instructions, a DVD tutorial and 24 hour help
Coating is reinforced with a protective anti-bacterial compound to eliminate mold, mildew and bacteria
from the surface
Clear finish is with a catalyzed, 2 part siliconized epoxy
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I have used the Java Stone and the Desert Sand colors for my customers and
they were very pleased with the color and the way it looked. Although I haven't used the extremely dark colors
- like the Onyx stone many of the reviews I've read from people who have used said it looked terrible when
finished. The darker colors may lose some of the depth in the finish by looking too black and opaque. However,
my own advice is this... If you want real granite this product may disappoint you. The countertops we did
looked much better then before, but it's clear (at least to me anyway) that this is not real granite. But for
the price... and when compared to the other countertop paint kits on the market, the Rustoleum Countertop
Transformations system is the best option out there.
Another problem we ran into was the amount of adhesive provided with the kit. Since
the base coat is a primer and an adhesive the natural tendency is to put it on very heavy - almost like a glue.
This may cause you to run out of adhesive if your counter space is close to 50 sq ft. Be sure to apply it at a
normal spread rate (just like you would with paint) an you won't have this problem. Also, be sure to do this
project with a friend. Two people can make the process go much faster allowing you to apply the decorative chips
before the adhesive sets up. For more detailed instructions be sure to go to my tutorial found here.
Here's what one customer had to say
about the Rustoleum Countertop Transformations Kit:
"The product was very easy to apply and did everything it was supposed to do. It looks much better then
my fake butcher block laminate. I followed the instructions without any problems and the job took me
two and half days to finish."
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