How to Resurface a Concrete Kitchen Countertop How to Resurface a Concrete Kitchen Countertop
A concrete kitchen countertop is sleek and modern. A concrete kitchen countertop is not only beautiful, but also durable. Over time the surface of the concrete kitchen countertop can become scratched and stained. When this happens you can resurface the concrete kitchen countertop. Resurfacing a concrete kitchen countertop is not that difficult and the article below will show you to do it.
Step 1 – Preparation
In order to resurface a concrete kitchen countertop you need to make sure that it is properly prepared or your efforts will be for not. Remove any old grout on the countertop as well as debris, tile, any wood or other flaws in the countertop. Use the putty knife to get at difficult areas. Place painter’s tape around the edge of the walls as well as the sink. Place the drop cloth on the floor to keep the mess manageable.
Step 2 – Use the Grinder
In order to resurface a concrete kitchen countertop you will need to remove the sealer from the surface. This is where the majority of the mess happens. You will be using the hand-held grinder. Put on work gloves, protective goggles and a dust mask and then turn on the grinder. Place it flat on the surface of the countertop and begin moving it around in a circular motion. You will notice when the sealer is removed because the surface will be dull. When you are finished removing the surface sealer you will need to wipe the countertop down to remove the dust. Use the grinder again to remove patches you may have missed on the first pass.
Step 3 – Repair the Surface
To properly resurface a concrete kitchen countertop you will need to repair the surface. Use the concrete resurfacer to fill in superficial holes and cracks that are no deeper than 1/8 inch deep or wide. Cracks and holes larger than 1/2 inch will need to be repaired using the caulk for concrete. Load the caulk in the gun and apply just enough to fill the area. Smooth the caulk with the putty knife and allow it to dry. If the surface of the concrete kitchen countertop is really damaged you can use countertop concrete mix to fix these issues. Mix it according to the package and then apply it to the surface using a trowel. Spread it out evenly. Make sure you use a lot of pressure to push the concrete across the countertop. If there is tile on the countertop top then apply several thin coats instead of one thicker coat.
Step 4 – Completing the Resurfacing
When you are satisfied that the concrete is even you will need to cure it before you can use it. Remove all of the painter’s tape you placed earlier and then cover the wet concrete with the plastic. After a week, remove the plastic. Paint the sealer on to the concrete kitchen countertop. Allow the sealer to dry and then apply a second coat.