If you are looking to cover up your epoxy countertops, there is no easy answer. Epoxy is a great material but it’s not perfect.
You will need to choose between sanding the existing epoxy surface or working with a company that offers both epoxy and granite tops.
Both options will require some work and planning before you start any project on your kitchen counters.
How do you resurface epoxy countertops?
How do you resurface epoxy countertops?
- Use diamond-grit sandpaper and a plastic scraper to remove any grout or silicone caulk.
- Use a wet/dry vacuum to clean the surface of the countertop and remove dust, dirt, and grease. Make sure your vacuum has been thoroughly cleaned so that no fibers of dust or dirt are left behind on your new epoxy coating job!
- Clean any remaining dust with a damp cloth moistened with denatured alcohol (found in hardware stores). Do not use gasoline, paint thinner or other solvents; these will damage the surface of your new faux marble countertop!
- Wipe down your clean epoxy with a dry cloth to make sure there is no moisture on its surface before applying epoxy bonding sealer to it; otherwise, it may not adhere properly and could peel off when wet in the future (e.g., after washing dishes).
Table of Contents
- How do you resurface epoxy countertops?
- Why You Should Not Do epoxy resin countertops?
- What should you not use on epoxy countertops?
- How many years do epoxy countertops last?
- Can I redo my epoxy countertops?
- Can you put hot pots on epoxy countertops?
- Do epoxy countertops scratch easily?
- How do you make epoxy countertops look like granite?
Why You Should Not Do epoxy resin countertops?
- Epoxy resin countertops are expensive.
- They are difficult to repair if something breaks.
- They can be slippery.
- They’re not environmentally friendly.
- Epoxy countertops are not easy to install and clean; they require special tools, a lot of preparation time, and specialized cleaners because of their smooth surface (which makes them hard to remove stains).
What should you not use on epoxy countertops?
- Don’t use abrasive cleaners. Abrasive cleaners and scouring pads are a big no-no with epoxy countertops. Use only mild soap and water to clean them.
- Don’t use steel wool or another type of metal cleaner on the surface of your epoxy countertops, as it can scratch their surface and damage the protective layer underneath.
- Avoid using vinegar, bleach, or other harsh chemicals when cleaning your counters; these can cause discoloration or even damage to the coating under the surface of your counters!
How many years do epoxy countertops last?
Epoxy countertops are extremely durable and hard to scratch. They are resistant to heat and cold, meaning they won’t warp or crack when exposed to extreme temperatures.
Epoxies also resist stains, so you don’t have to worry about any food or drink marks ruining your beautiful new kitchen surface.
Epoxies are most commonly used in commercial environments because of their durability and easy care (they can be cleaned with just soap and water).
Even though they’re made for heavy use, that doesn’t mean you can’t use them at home! Epoxies are tough enough to withstand day-to-day wear and tear while still showing off their pretty colors like no other material out there.
Can I redo my epoxy countertops?
Redoing your countertops is a lot of work. It’s a project that can take weeks of planning and preparation, followed by days or weeks of actual work.
So unless you’re really sure you want to tackle this project, we recommend keeping what you have!
If you do want to redo your countertops, there are some materials that will be easier than others. Epoxy doesn’t adhere well to epoxy—the older layer will just peel off with the new one—so if you’re going for a brand-new look, try something else first: wood, concrete or tile are all good options. Granite and marble are also good choices.
Can you put hot pots on epoxy countertops?
You can put hot pots on epoxy countertops.
However, if you do this frequently, you may want to consider having your countertops refinished. When it comes to Epoxy Countertops there are several options available for refinishing that include:
- Re-epoxying the surface of your existing countertop
- Using a self leveling concrete coatings like Top Coat Pro or Concrete Resurfacer (instead of epoxy)
The best way to determine which option is right for you is by looking at how your current surface has been affected by regular use and whether or not there are any signs of wear-and-tear or scratches.
Do epoxy countertops scratch easily?
Epoxy countertops are exceptionally durable, but they are not scratch-proof. The coating is designed to resist scratches and dents, but certain substances will dull the finish over time.
- What kind of countertop is it? Granite is extremely hard and scratch resistant (but also very heavy), quartz can be fairly hard but may still scratch easily in some circumstances, laminate tends to be soft and prone to damage from household items such as knives or forks; epoxy may or may not fall into this category depending on the type you choose.
- How clean was your kitchen utensil? You might think that a butter knife would not leave a mark on anything, but any sharp edge may still cause damage if pressed firmly enough against even the hardest surface.
How do you make epoxy countertops look like granite?
The best way to make your epoxy countertops look like granite is to use a grinder and diamond cutting tool.
First, you’ll need to remove the existing epoxy with an angle grinder fitted with a diamond blade. When removing the epoxy, be careful not to damage the underlying surface!
You can use an old rag or a piece of cardboard between the grinder and your countertop as a buffer. This will prevent chipping or cracking on either side and give you more control over how much material you remove.
Next, cut out any holes for sinks, faucets and cooktops using a straightedge (plumb bob) and handsaw—or another type of saw—and then fill in any gaps using spackle before sanding them smooth (so they’re not rough on top).
So, can you epoxy over epoxy countertops? Yes, you can! The best method is to use a non-solvent epoxy that will bond well with your existing countertop material and not crack or peel off in the future.
You’ll need a professional applicator and plenty of patience since this job will take up most of one day (or more) at a minimum.