For many DIY enthusiasts, an epoxy countertop project can be an appealing challenge. Whether they want to finish off that new bar you installed or resurface their countertops with epoxy it is common for DIYers to run into some common, easily avoidable problems. You will find that even experienced epoxy contractors will make these mistakes from time to time, too.
At Color Innovations, we offer DIY epoxy classes that appeal to all types, from the weekend project lovers to the aspiring epoxy contractors! In these epoxy coating training courses, we teach you the basics of epoxy flooring and coatings, as well as how to avoid some of the most common mistakes made by DIYers and professionals alike! In this blog, we’ll review some of the most common mistakes made during epoxy countertop installations as well as the best ways to avoid them.
Mistake #1: Pouring Epoxy Under 70 Degrees
The temperature of the room or environment you are in, the surface, and the epoxy play a great role in that installation of epoxy countertops. For the best results, the temperature of the area you are resurfacing should be between 70-74. Any lower will cause the countertop to lack durability and seem soft. Before pouring, make sure the area is at the proper temperature for two to three days. Once the temperature results are reached and the epoxy is poured it is important to maintain this temperature for another 24 hours to allow the countertop to properly cure.
Mistake #2: Not Mixing Properly
Another common mistake that is made when installing epoxy countertops is not taking enough time to mix the material. We recommend mixing is two separate containers, five minutes in one, four minutes in the other for a total of nine minutes of mixing the epoxy. The best tool to mix with is the classic paint stick. Other methods can create bubbles. This mixing method will help prevent unmixed resin on your countertop. Resin clumps are something you’ll want to avoid,as they will leave a sticky spot behind!
Tip: If resin leaves behind a sticky spot, pour a clear epoxy flood coat over the top of the countertop to seal the stickiness.
Mistake #3: Wrong Measurements
A good rule of thumb for epoxy countertop installation is a 1:1 ratios. When mixing smaller batches of epoxy, it is important to get the correct for a durable finished countertop surface. Its helpful to use buckets that have measurement markers that make for easy measuring of the epoxy material.
Mistake #4: Improper Amounts
Depending on the thickness of the epoxy that you use it may self-level, and tring to spread it thinner can result in divets, or fish eyes in the finished surface. Make sure to carefully measure the area you are resurfacing, and make sure to order enough material to apply a finishing coat after applying color. This technique will make it easier to correct imperfections.
Mistake #5: Surface Prep
Whatever countertop surface you are applying epoxy too – whether concrete, tile, laminate, or granite – it is important to first prepare the surface. Proper surface preparation will result in a smooth, high-gloss finish that everyone will be proud of! The best way to surface prep is to use clear epoxy as a skim coat until it is level and ready for the application of the flood coat. For porous surfaces, you’ll want to make sure to seal the surface first to prevent bubbles.
These are five common mistakes that happen with epoxy countertop installation. With a few simple precautions, you can create a stunning epoxy countertops! If you want to learn how to be an expert at epoxy countertop installation, contact Color Innovation and ask about our epoxy countertop training classes!