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Reviewed in Canada on February 27, 2021
I have never used, or worked with epoxy. I decided to give this a shot after doing a lot of research, and watching videos on how to apply epoxy (I was looking to refinish my bathroom vanity). When choosing the epoxy, I read alot of the reviews. I settled on this one, and I am glad I did! It turned out beautiful- and I would like to describe my process to give guidance to others.
1- The below supplies are what I obtained for the epoxy countertop- ALL of which I got at the dollar store!
- latex gloves
- 1 cup plastic measuring cup (x2)
- 2L food storage container (the ones for watermelon slices with the lid, but didn't use the lid)
- 2" paint brush
- 9'x12' plastic drop sheet (x2)
- masking tape
- paint mixing stick
After sanding, cleaning the countertop and repainting it (regular white paint) and letting it completely dry overnight- I taped my plastic drop sheet first to the floor, up the side of the vanity, and then took the other drop sheet, and taped it under the counter and let it drape to the floor over the other drop sheet. Make sure you have ALL your supplies on hand before starting, including paper towels. Here comes the mixing of the epoxy (make sure you wear gloves!). To start, the instructions on the bottles are NOT ideal. They give pictures with a couple words. Thank goodness I watched many many videos about the mixing process first! I carefully measured out 2 cups of Part A (it is thick, like molasses) and poured it in the 2L plastic container, I used a wooden paint stick to scrap out the bottom of the measuring cup to ensure I got all of it. I then measured out 2 cups of the Part B (it is runny, like paint) and poured it in the 2L container with Part A. I mixed- by hand- using the wooden paint stick and I timed myself. I thoroughly mixed for 6 minutes, scraping the sides of the container and making sure it was completely and fully mixed together. It started as a milky mixture, but as I stirred it became clear. PLEASE- take your time! This is the important step, mix and mix and mix for at least 5 minutes. I then used the paintbrush to paint on a base coat, like I would if I were painting it. Get the edges and all around. Then I gently poured the remaining mix all over the surface, and brushed it to spread out evenly. The mix actually self levels very well, but you should still move extra around. I did not use all the liquid in my container, all in all it should only be about 1/4" thick, like a thick coating on the surface. I then used my hairdryer to pop the air bubbles that formed (kept hairdryer about 3" from surface). I scraped the excess that dripped over the edges. I ran the bathroom fan, and let the drying begin (the smell is not too potent, but it smells like wet towels left out for a few days- dingy). The next morning it was dry to the touch. I was super happy, BUT the container does say to let it dry for 72 hours- so I did. Afterwards I installed the backsplash, sink and faucets. It is smooth to the touch, even except for 1 tiny little spot when there was an air bubble that popped afterwards and made a minute divet (behind the sink) but just goes to show- do not rush the process. I also found a tiny little hair that must have fallen in, but only noticeable if you are up close to it. Needless to say- the things I am most unhappy with are my error- not the product. It is tough as sh%t too, as I had to drill the faucet hole a little larger, and some spilled over the existing hole and it took a while to drill through the epoxy layer!
All in all, I am very very happy. It was very easy to use, and if you mix the portions equally and thoroughly, you should have no issues.