General Questions

Q. Is Rust-Oleum Countertop Transformations® Safe to Use?

A. Rust-Oleum Countertop Transformations® is safe to use and low-odor. Follow supplied instructions for wearing mask, gloves or safety glasses as indicated. Use care, just as you would when using any other refinishing product.

Q. Can I Use Rust-Oleum Countertop Transformations® Over an Existing Rust-Oleum Countertop Transformations® Coating?

A. Yes, you can apply a new Rust-Oleum Countertop Transformations® coating over an existing Rust-Oleum Countertop Transformations® surface. The existing coating will need to be sanded thoroughly with the Diamond Embedded Sanding Tool. Follow normal application process.

Preparation and Repair

Q. Prior to Using Rust-Oleum Countertop Transformations®, How Do I Repair Cracks, Cuts, Chips, Scratches or Burns In My Original Countertop?

A. Rust-Oleum Countertop Transformations® will coat and cover any burns and small scratches in the existing countertop. Cracks, chips, deeper cuts or dents can be repaired by filling them with a 2-part epoxy putty. When the putty dries, sand the area until it is even with the surrounding surface. Once repairs have been made, follow the normal application process.

Q. What If My Original Countertop Laminate Is Delaminating?

A. 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®.

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

A. 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.

Application Tips

Q. Besides Laminate, What Other Surfaces Can Be Refinished with Rust-Oleum Countertop Transformations®?

A. With proper surface preparation, the Rust-Oleum Countertop Transformations® coating system also adheres to hardwood and metal trim. All countertop materials should be sanded thoroughly with the Diamond Embedded Sanding Tool and tested for good Adhesive Base Coat adhesion before coating the entire surface area.

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

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

  • 6" Multi-Purpose
  • 6" Woven Roller
  • General Purpose Polyester

Q. How Do I Refinish Around Sinks, Stoves, and Other Appliances?

A. Mask the sink and adjacent areas using smooth painters tape. Be thorough about pressing in the edge to ensure none of the coating will bleed through. Make sure you cover the sink drain to keep Decorative Chips from falling in. If you are planning on replacing your sink in the near future, now is an ideal time.

Q. How Can I Avoid Any Potenital Appearance Probems?

A. Uneven Chip Application: Apply a heavy, even coating of Adhesive Base Coat to allow the Decorative Chips to adhere consistently. Work quickly and do not allow the Adhesive Base Coat to dry.

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

A. 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.

Q. What Can I Do To Keep The Adhesive Base Coat Wet Longer?

A. To keep the Adhesive Base Coat wet prior to applying the Decorative Chips, keep windows closed and ceiling fans off. Avoid air movement or breezes while applying Adhesive Base Coat. This may cause it to dry faster. In addition, the Wetting Agent allows the surface to stay wet longer allowing the chips to better adhere to the Adhesive Base Coat.

Q. How Does Humidity and Temperature Affect the Coating Application Process?

A. Higher humidity will cause the Adhesive Base Coat to dry more slowly. This helps increase the time window for applying and adhering the Decorative Chips onto the wet Adhesive Base Coat. Ideal conditions are 50% relative humidity and temperature at or around 21°C (70°F). Do NOT apply the Adhesive Base Coat at relative humidity levels below 30% or above 70% and when the dew point is under -15°C (5°F).

TIP: If humidity is low, use a humidifier to increase moisture levels in the room.

Q. How Do I Dispose of Unused Product and Soiled Rags Or Brushes?

A. Cover any unused, unmixed products tightly for storage. Any mixed Protective Top Coat material will harden and cannot be reused. Cover mixed Protective Top Coat securely, allow to harden in the container, and discard according to local regulations. Adhesive Base Coat tools can be cleaned with water.

Maintenance and Care

Q. Please Define Light Use Versus Normal Use?

A. 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  

Q. How Do I Safely Maintain My New Rust-Oleum Countertop Transformations® Surfaces?

A. Caring for your resurfaced countertops is easy. To clean the surface, use a damp cloth or sponge and a mild soap or detergent. The easiest way to avoid stains is to not let spills sit on the surface. All countertop surfaces should be wiped clean regularly. For dark scuff marks or crayon, try Mr.Clean® MagicEraser®.

Trivets and potholders will protect against heat damage, and using cutting boards for food prep will eliminate any chance of scratching.

Q. How Long Will Rust-Oleum Countertop Transformations® Last?

A. With normal use and proper care, your refinished surfaces will last for years.



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