Coating a Decorative Stone Backsplash

What You'll Need
Stone sealer and coating
Mineral spirits or paint thinner
Paint stirrer
Drop cloth or newspapers

If you have a decorative stone backsplash in your home, it should be coated periodically to protect it from stains, grease and water damage.

Step 1: Prepare the Area

Remove everything from the counter and cover the area with a drop cloth or newspapers. The drop cloths will protect the area from spills and splatters. Also, remove all switch plates and outlet covers. Wash the entire stone area with detergent and warm water. Allow the area to dry completely.

Step 2: Coating the Stone

There are many types of stone sealer and coatings. Most are polymers and may have a strong odor so you should be sure the room is well ventilated. Most sealers will not need to be stirred, but read the manufacturers instructions just to be sure. Don't shake the coating because that will create air bubbles and ruin your finished work. Dip the brush into the coating and start at the top of the backsplash. Work from top to bottom. Add a heavy coat, but do not allow the sealer to drip or run. Check the surface often to make sure you don't run into problems. To finish, clean your brush and any spills with mineral spirits.