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Countertop Instructions

Using Countertop Epoxy's ULTRA UV 500F Premium FX PoxyTM Epoxy to create a beautiful, elegant countertop, bartop or table top with epoxy resin is both a science and an art. By scientific we mean that if you carefully follow the instructions below, you will have predictable results - a beautiful smooth 3D surface that is scratch-resistant, heat-resistant (up to 500F/260C) for brief or accidental contact, Ultra UV-resistant, incredibly impact-resistant (five times stronger than concrete), and will last a lifetime. The artistic aspect comes with your choice of contrasting FX PoxyTM Colors and FX Metallic Powders/GlittersTM for creating granular effects, veins, marbling and other natural or unnatural effects. We have simplified this as much as possible with our pre-assembled Countertop Epoxy Kits, which come with everything you need to create a beautiful countertop, bartop or table top that will rival the appearance of granite, marble, quartz, soapstone or any other type of stone. If you are naturally artistic and would like to experiment, try our Create Your Own Countertop Kit, which comes with your choice of 10 FX Base ColorTM and 38 FX Metallic Powders/GlittersTM for endless color combinations and patterns. For advanced training, attend one of our Epoxy Resin Workshops to become an expert, and learn how to make money doing something you love! 

NOTE: This product is designed for countertops, bar tops, tables, and other flat surfaces, and for applications of 100 mils or greater thickness.

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SURFACE COAT COVERAGE CHART

  • 2 quarts = 8-10 sq. feet @ 1/8"
  • 1 gallon = 16-20 sq. ft @ 1/8"
  • 2 gallons = 32-40 sq. ft @ 1/8"
  • 3 gallons = 48-60 sq. ft @ 1/8"
  • 4 gallons = 64-80 sq. ft @ 1/8"
  • 5 gallons = 80-100 sq. ft @ 1/8"
  • 6 gallons = 96-120 sq. ft @ 1/8"
  • 7 gallons = 112-140 sq. ft @ 1/8"
  • 8 gallons = 128-160 sq. ft @ 1/8"
  • 9 gallons = 144-180 sq. ft @ 1/8"
  • 10 gallons = 160-200 sq. ft @ 1/8"

CLEAR TOPCOAT COVERAGE CHART

  • 2 quarts = 8-10 sq. feet @ 1/8"
  • 1 gallon = 16-20 sq. ft @ 1/8"
  • 2 gallons = 32-40 sq. ft @ 1/8"
  • 3 gallons = 48-60 sq. ft @ 1/8"
  • 4 gallons = 64-80 sq. ft @ 1/8"
  • 5 gallons = 80-100 sq. ft @ 1/8"
  • 6 gallons = 96-120 sq. ft @ 1/8"
  • 7 gallons = 112-140 sq. ft @ 1/8"
  • 8 gallons = 128-160 sq. ft @ 1/8"
  • 9 gallons = 144-180 sq. ft @ 1/8"
  • 10 gallons = 160-200 sq. ft @ 1/8"

STEP 1: PREPARATION & CLEANING

Before you start, make sure that both the epoxy, substrate and ambient air temperature are between 70° - 75° Fahrenheit (21° - 24° Celsius). Clean countertop surface with 409 or a comparable cleaner. Make sure the entire work area is clean and free of dust and clutter, which may contaminate the finished product. Use DAP spackling to fill small holes, cracks, and seams. Be sure not to leave any excess spackling on surfaces to be coated with epoxy. Use a sanding block to smooth repairs. 

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TEMPERATURE RESTRICTIONS:

Product temperature may lower dramatically during transit. The product and ambient temperature must be between 70°-75° Fahrenheit when mixing, 70° Fahrenheit is ideal. It is advised to maintain this temperature for at least the first 24 hours of cure time. Lower temperatures will affect the integrity of the cured epoxy. Please acclimate your epoxy to 70° Fahrenheit first before use.

Skim Coat. If applying epoxy over a porous surface such as concrete or wood, a skim coat is necessary before flood coating with epoxy to prevent air bubbles in the finished product. If you're careful you can do this now; otherwise wait until after masking. Mix a small amount of clear Premium FX PoxyTM according to the instructions in Step 3 and use a squeegee to spread a very thin coat over the entire surface then torch. No color is required for the skim coat. This will seal the surface to prevent air bubbles during the flood coat stage. Wait a minimum of 6 hours after skim coating before applying the flood coat. 

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STEP 2: MASK & PAINT EDGES

After cleaning, let the countertop dry, then begin masking. Roll plastic onto the floor and under your work area. Place the masking material tightly up to the toe kicks under the cabinets and use masking tape to hold in place. Then run plastic along the front edge of your cabinets at the very top, just under the countertop, allowing it to drape onto the floor which you just masked. This is to allow epoxy to drip off the countertop without touching your cabinets or floors. Once everything is properly masked, paint all vertical countertop edges with FX Edge Coat. The purpose of this step is to ensure your original substrate does not show through where the epoxy naturally runs thinner. If you’re coating a backsplash, please call our support staff for additional instruction. Let the FX Edge Coat dry for at least 4 hours before moving on to the next step.

NOTE: The neutral color of gray for the FX Edge Coat will ensure that your original surface doesn’t show through, no matter the base color you use.

 

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 STEP 3: MIXING EPOXY PART 1

NOTE: In this step, it is extremely important to measure epoxy accurately and mix thoroughly, with clean buckets and clean mixing sticks.

Hardener (Part B) should always be poured into the mixing bucket first, followed by the resin (Part A) in an exact one-to-one ratio. Mix well with the stirring stick for 3 minutes (avoid drill mixing with this product). Be sure to scrape the sides and bottom of the bucket often to pull any unmixed part A or B off the container walls. Most problems encountered are because of failure to follow these instructions or failure to have your ambient air temperature, countertop and epoxy at the required temperature before starting. 

*Please continue reading Step 4: Mixing Epoxy Part 2.

 

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STEP 4: MIXING EPOXY PART 2 & ADDING BASE COLORS

This step is equally important, and still necessary even if you are only completing a clear coat. Take the already mixed FX Poxy and pour all the contents into a second clean container. Then add your FX Base Color to the mixture (not necessary for clear coats) and stir for an additional 3 minutes using a second clean mixing stick. One jar of FX Base Color is enough for up to 2 gallons of Premium FX PoxyTM. As soon as you’re finished mixing, immediately pour all your product out onto the countertop surface. Most of our Preassembled Countertop Kits will come with a 2 ounce jar of FX Base Color to be used for veining. You will mix a small batch of epoxy for 3 minutes, pour into second container, add the 2 ounce jar of FX Base Color (PLEASE NOTE that these liquid pigments are made to be combined with epoxy, and will not dry if applied by themselves.). Stir with new stick, then apply the veining to your substrate. 

 

WARNING: 

DO NOT LEAVE PRODUCT IN MIXING CONTAINER. If product is left in the bucket, it will