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How to Epoxy Concrete Countertops

By Ryan Lawrence ; Updated September 21, 2017
Cover flooring with fabric drop cloths in case the epoxy runs over.

Because concrete countertops are porous, they tend to stain relatively easily. Many homeowners choose to apply an epoxy coating to their concrete countertops to protect them from stains and everyday duress. Epoxy coatings also serve to enhance the beauty of an ordinary countertop by providing an attractive sheen. Before you apply epoxy to your concrete countertops you need to understand the proper preparation and application procedures or you may end up with disappointing results.

Cover flooring with fabric drop cloths.

Apply a concrete primer to the concrete using a latex paintbrush. Allow the primer to dry for two full hours.

Clean the brush with water.

Pour the resin into a 2-gallon painter's pot. Stir for two minutes using a wooden stir stick.

Pour the mixture into a different, clean 2-gallon painter's pot. Stir the mixture for another five minutes, then pour the mixture directly onto the concrete countertop.

Spread the epoxy using a new, clean 4-inch latex paintbrush. Ensure that there are no dry spots on the countertop. Brush slowly around the edges to prevent the epoxy from running over.

Break surface bubbles by heating them with a heat gun. Smooth the indentation left after they pop with a porcupine roller.

 

Things You Will Need

  • Heavy-duty fabric drop cloths
  • 4-inch latex paintbrushes (2)
  • Concrete primer
  • 2-gallon painter's pots (2)
  • Wooden stir stick
  • Porcupine roller
  • Heat gun

Tip

  • Although it isn't necessary, many people prefer to seal their epoxy coated concrete countertops. If you choose to seal yours, be sure to use a water-based sealer for light, muted tones, and a solvent-based sealer for dark, deep tones.

About the Author

 

Ryan Lawrence is a freelance writer based in Boulder, Colorado. He has been writing professionally since 1999. He has 10 years of experience as a professional painting contractor. Lawrence writes for High Class Blogs and Yodle. He has a bachelor's degree in journalism and public relations with a minor in history from the University of Oklahoma.