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Use Epoxy To Coat Existing Countertops To Make Them Look Like Real Stone

Hey, #LeggariNation! In this article, we show you the step-by-step process of installing our Leggari stone kit #12 (Coming to our website soon!!).

This Leggari Stone Kit comes with a lifetime warranty for delamination, chipping, cracking, or wearing off.

This Leggari Stone Kit uses these colors: Camel, burnt caramel & jet black pigments, along with white spray paint.! All of our kits are DIY-friendly, which means you can do this yourself! 

Step 1: Mixing and Applying Primer

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After properly mixing your epoxy, as you can see above, we poured the primer into a paint roller tray, which makes it easier when using a roller to spread the primer onto the surface in a much smoother and even finish.

It is important to remember that primer is vital to adding further products onto your surface. Make sure to get every edge and corner on your countertops.

Pro tip: Before applying your primer, tape all of your edges, as you can see we did. We want to create a clean space for us to work more comfortably in. 

Step 2: Mixing epoxy

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Now is your time to get creative with your colors! Dirty Pours are famous for not only creating amazing beautiful looks but also for being able to mimic stone looks!

We took 5 containers and began to fill them randomly with our desired colors. This creates beautiful random patterns when you pour them on your countertop.

As you can see above in the second image, we added spray paint to the top of the epoxy to give it another extra dimension when pouring it onto the countertop, stick along to see how it turns out!

NOTE: You don’t want to leave these containers sitting with epoxy in them for too long. It is important to have the countertops primed and ready to go (taped the edges as well) before your start mixing your epoxy. Otherwise, your epoxy will get hard or too hot to even pour. 

Step 3: Pouring Epoxy

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You are now ready to begin the pouring!

Remember, if you want the same design on all countertops, do not pour one container of epoxy all in one spot. Disperse it throughout your entire surface to ensure it evenly is spread out.

After adding all of your product, if you still have minor places on your surface where you can still see the primer, don’t worry! Check out our Pro Tip below to learn the easy fix.

Pro Tip: We used a squeegee to spread the product and cover the entire board, you can even use your hand. Always ensure that you go along with the direction where the epoxy is already flowing, this ensuring to not disrupt the design that is being created.

Step 4: Dispersing Effects

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The first step in creating dispersing effects is to use isopropyl. We sprayed this on a mist setting and just covered the whole surface with it. After doing so you will let that evaporate for about 5-10 minutes.

The next step is to mist the surface with denatured alcohol, this will create dispersing effects that are truly incredible! It will also get rid of any bubbles that are created through this process.

Step 5: Edges

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The tricky thing to note in this next step is that the thicker your edges are, the sooner you want to pull off the tape because you want the epoxy to be able to run off and cover your whole edge.

The thinner your edge is the longer you’ll want to wait to do this.

If you start to peel off the tape and the epoxy is really running down quickly that may be a sign to leave it on for longer. You want to see it slowly run down your edges.

Next, you want to scrape your edges. If you don’t do this while the epoxy is not fully dry, your other option is to sand it down, but that is much more work.

As you can see in the image above, it is not difficult to do this and only takes a quick minute!

Final Look:

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Check out how beautiful the final look is!

This is a super easy process. Those edges really look like we cut a real slab of stone. Dirty pours are perfect for getting these kinds of looks.

Scott Crider