how to epoxy countertops DIY?

Have you ever considered epoxy countertops? Do you want a professional-looking finish to your kitchen island without paying for an arm and a leg? If so, read on!

This guide will tell you everything you need to know about how to make epoxy countertops yourself at home.

How do you epoxy a beginner countertop?

  • Prepare the surface.
  • Prepare the epoxy.
  • Mix the epoxy.
  • Apply the epoxy.
  • Clean up.
  • Finish your countertop!

How do I make my own epoxy countertop?

  • Buy the following materials:
  • Epoxy resin can be bought at a hardware store or online (we used Loctite’s Gel Control Epoxy Resin).
  • Hardener, which is available in powder form and will come with your epoxy resin. It should be added to the resin according to the directions on its packaging. We used Loctite’s Fast Grab Super Glue Activator Powder to activate our resin before pouring it into molds; this step wasn’t necessary for us since we were using a one-part epoxy that already had hardener added to it, but it can help speed up cure times if you’re using an uncured two-part epoxy like we did—and is especially important when working with high-density fillers such as silica sand or crushed glass chips!

What do I need to epoxy my countertop?

Before you begin, make sure you have all of the following supplies:

  • A clean, dry, and flat surface for your countertop.
  • Epoxy resin and hardener. You’ll need about 1/3 cup of epoxy resin for every square foot of countertop (a little more if it’s a large project). The hardener comes in a two-part pack—one bottle will do for most DIY projects like this one.
  • Clean mixing cups and stirring sticks (you can buy them at any home supply store), or use disposable plastic cups and stirrers. Make sure they’re clean as well!
  • Masking tape: to cover up areas around sinks or other fixtures that you don’t want to get epoxy on. Just keep in mind that once it dries, masking tape is pretty much impossible to get off without damaging the surface underneath it!
  • Paper towels: for wiping off any drips or spills before they cure into permanent messes on your counters/walls/etc., which will make cleanup much easier later on if done right away rather than later when it gets really sticky stuff left behind but only takes some elbow grease then maybe some acetone(?)

Can you epoxy over existing countertops?

Yes, you can epoxy over existing countertops. You need to remove the existing countertops first, but this is easy enough to do if you have a helper and some sturdy cardboard boxes.

Remove the old epoxy if it’s in good shape–if your countertop was installed before 1990 or so and hasn’t been resurfaced or reglazed since then, chances are that there isn’t anything left on there anyway.

Once they’re gone, sand down any unevenness with an electric sander; use 120-grit sandpaper on flat surfaces (like kitchen counters) and 220-grit on sculpted ones like bathroom vanities.

Then wipe down all surfaces with mineral spirits (paint thinner) and let them dry completely before applying a new epoxy coating–you don’t want any moisture trapped under there!

Do epoxy countertops scratch easily?

Epoxy countertops are scratch resistant, but not scratch proof. To avoid scratches, you should use a cutting board or place a mat under your sharp kitchen tools and utensils.

It is also advised to use wood handles on your pots and pans instead of metal ones that may damage the surface of your epoxy countertops.

If you do happen to get an unexpected scratch on the surface, it can be repaired using a buffing wheel or some other home remedy like olive oil or toothpaste (depending on how deep the scratch is).

How long do epoxy countertops last?

Epoxy countertops can last for decades, making them a worthwhile investment. No matter how long you have your epoxy countertops, they will remain beautiful and functional if properly cared for.

Epoxy countertop scratches can be repaired with the right material, which is why we recommend working with professionals when installing your new countertops. Make sure to consider this when budgeting for the installation of your new counters!

Because epoxy is so durable in nature and won’t scratch easily, it’s easy to clean as well. Spills or drips can be cleaned up quickly with a damp cloth or paper towel without worry of damaging the finish. This makes cleaning up after cooking much less of an ordeal than before!

Epoxy resists heat better than most other finishes on kitchen surfaces (except ceramic tile), meaning you can cook more efficiently in your kitchen without worrying about ruining those beautiful new counters!

How thick should epoxy countertop be?

The thickness of your epoxy countertop will depend on the type of epoxy you choose, as well as the type of countertop you have.

In general, for a 1-1.5mm thick application, most epoxies will be able to cover between 150-200 square feet and with that volume can lay down approximately 10 coats (each coat will add about 0.8mm).

So how much do I need? Well, that depends on what kind of material you’re working with. Most countertops range from 3/4″- 1 1/4″ thick so if your surface is thicker than that, then typically we would recommend using our 2oz kit (which includes two bottles) because it will allow for more build-up in order to achieve the thickness needed for proper coverage before applying an extra coat or two which becomes less important at this point because any remaining product left over after applying all necessary coats may not be enough to adequately seal the surface properly).

How much does it cost to epoxy countertops?

The cost of epoxy countertops will depend on the size of your countertops and the brand of epoxy you buy. Epoxy is cheaper per square foot than granite, but it’s also not as durable.

The average cost to install your own epoxy counters depends on the size of your kitchen island or bathroom vanity, but generally speaking, it costs roughly $100-$200 per linear foot to do this DIY project at home.

The exact price will vary depending on where you live and what brand of epoxy you purchase (more expensive brands have better quality).

In terms of durability and stain resistance, however—the most important qualities in a kitchen countertop material—epoxy falls short compared with natural stone like granite or marble (which can last up to 100 years!).

Conclusion

We hope this article has been useful in understanding what epoxy can do for your kitchen. If you want to know more, check out our website where we have tons of information about all types of countertops including epoxy ones!

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