Last week I embarked on a project to rejuvenate my old drab countertops with DaichCoatings SpreadStone mineral select finishes. I got my countertops prepped and sanded and proceeded with Step 1 of the Kit, which is applying two coats of the basecoat. The next day, I carried on with Step 2.
Step 2 is the exciting step of rolling some new life onto your countertops with the Stone Coating. The stone coatings are available in eleven different colors and all of them work well with any color scheme. We chose the Oyster stone color because we thought it would add more warmth and brightness to our kitchen.
When applying the SpreadStone they recommend using a repetitive criss-cross pattern with your roller. You’ll see the stone appear in unique patterns, just like real stone. After you finish the first coat, allow 2 hours before applying the second coat of SpreadStone. The product went on very easy and you could manipulate the stone pattern a little with the roller if you wanted. With this product, you’ll experience higher fumes and will need to open your windows or at least put on your air purifier. We did both until the fumes dissipated.
Once you’ve applied both coats of the StoneSpread, you need to allow it to cure for 24 hours. The next step is to sand the surface so you get that nice smooth, refined finish. Here’s where it went wrong for us. We used an electric sander and ended up taking too much of the StoneSpread off in multiple areas.
So, because we sanded too much of the SpreadStone off, we had to reapply a thin coat in the areas we overworked. And then we had to wait another 24 hrs for this coat to cure before proceeding. My advice is to sand the counters by hand using finer sandpaper. Take the time to ensure all areas are smooth as you would like. The more you sand, the more you remove the textured stone finish. So we sanded by hand the next day and the results were lovely. The counters had the same beautiful characteristics as real granite with an abundance of different stone flecks. I love the look. Daich Coatings products are 100% real stone coatings made from a modified blend of stone and mineral ingredients.
After the SpreadStone has been lightly sanded, we wiped all residual dust off with a slightly damp cloth. Step 3 is the last component of the process. You will roll on two coats of the Clear Coat which adds an attractive and durable semi-gloss stain resistant finish to your countertop surface. You will have to wait about 4 hours before you apply the second coat of the Clear Coat. Then it will have to cure for another 24 hrs before you can use your counters gingerly. I found the clear coat had the strongest fumes, so I highly recommend you open your windows during and after this application.
I love, love, love the semi-gloss finish, it’s just so attractive. I haven’t added any of my appliances to the counters yet as they recommend another 7 days for the SpreadStone to cure and harden. Meaning it will be even more wear and stain resistant if we allow this curing time. So, lighter than normal use is recommended during this time.
This tough stone surface should last for years, but just like any other countertop, use sensible precautions. Do not put any hot objects on the surface. Use a cutting board to dice and slice your foods and not your new countertop. Maintenance is super easy, you just wipe it down with a wet cloth and household cleaners.
I really enjoyed the whole process of using the DaichCoating StoneSpread Kit. It’s really quite easy if you follow their clear instructions. If you are not sure, swing by their site and watch their informative video. I love the finished result and it embraced the ambiance I was looking for. Plus, it saved me lots of money. Now you can win a kit of your own and transform your own kitchen countertop.
Disclaimer: I received complimentary product to facilitate a review. All opinions are my own, yours may differ.