Countertop Transformations FAQs

Countertop Transformations Faqs

  • 11.

    Please Define Light Use Versus Normal Use?

    Once the Protective Top Coat has cured 48 hours, it is okay to wipe down the surface with water, okay for contact with lightweight items under 5 pounds and okay for light food preparation. Once the Protective Top Coat has cured 7 days, it is okay to resume normal use. Follow the chart below for specific recommendations:
    Light Use Normal Use
    Once applied, the Protective Top Coat needs to cure 48 hours before light use Once applied, the Protective Top Coat needs to cure 7 days before resuming normal use
    Light Use: wait 48 hours Normal Use: wait 7 days
    Lightweight items under 5 pounds Resume normal use
    Light food preparation Never use harsh chemicals or super abrasives to clean surface
    Wipe down surface with sponge and water – avoid cleaners or chemicals Avoid water pooling Use cutting boards and trivets to protect against heat damage or scratching
    Avoid using countertop appliances such as toaster ovens or crockpots Avoid using dishwasher  
    Wait 48 hours before caulking around the sink with 100% silicone caulk  
  • 12.

    What If I Make A Mistake During the Countertop Refinishing Process?

    Poor chip adhesion or chips removed by leaning on or touching the surface: Easy fix! Just use a damp sponge dipped into the Adhesive Base Coat and lightly sponge on the area and immediately cover the area with Decorative Chips. For small repairs, you can apply chips by hand. Simply throw chips by the handful with force to the wet repaired area.

    Over-sanded or bare areas: Just dip a damp sponge dipped into the Adhesive Base Coat, sponge it onto the surface and immediately cover with Chips. After 4 hours, sand down the area until it is even with the surrounding area. Continue with Protective Top Coat application.

  • 13.

    What If My Original Countertop Laminate Is Delaminating?

    The original countertop needs to be in good structural condition before refinishing. If there is delamination, properly reattach the laminate. If existing laminate is blistering, bubbling or buckling, do NOT use Rust-Oleum Countertop Transformations®.
  • 14.

    What Should I Do If the Screen Of My Diamond Embedded Sanding Tool Gets Clogged With Chip Dust?

    Simply clean out the dust using a shop vacuum with a hose attachment.

    TIP: Do not apply Adhesive Base Coat onto too large an area at one time. Once Adhesive Base Coat starts to dry, Decorative Chips will not adhere well. Disperse Chips as quickly as possible while Adhesive Base Coat is still wet. To disperse Chips by hand, quickly scoop and spread/sprinkle. When done, go over the countertop with a flashlight, looking for glossy areas with low Decorative Chip density and spread additional Chips as needed.

    Flaws in Top Coat Finish: You MUST use a lint-free, high density foam roller such as the Whizz® 6" Doors and Cabinet foam roller. Make sure to apply enough Protective Top Coat to cover Chips completely. This can be easily done by applying a first coat, then back-rolling in one direction over the first wet coat. Do not turn on a fan directly onto countertop to try and dry top coat faster.
  • 15.

    What Other Rollers Can I Use If I Do Not Find A Microfiber Roller?

    Although it is recommended that you use a (3/8" nap) 6" Microfiber Roller, the following will suffice:

    1.   6" Multi-Purpose 

    2.   6" Woven Roller 

    3.   General Purpose Polyester