Transformed our cabin kitchen counters in just 1 weekend all by myself. I would definitely recommend this product. Suggest watching the video and take your time to sand. Also, it was very easy to do with 1 person, but I would recommend 2 if I were to do it again.
This was my wife’s idea and she started it on her own. Once I saw what she was doing and the labor involved, I took over. Sanded the original countertops for approx. 5 hours to get them right. Applied the base coat which is to thin and doesn’t have enough “body” to it. You’ll find this out later. I used the brush and she used the roller then I applied the chips. The chip spreader is junk. You are better off using your hand. After waiting 14 hours to cure, starting the chip sanding process. This is like sanding sandpaper. They should supply you with at LEAST two of the two different sanding blocks. When you begin the sanding process with the intent of getting the surface to match that of the sample provided, don’t even attempt to get it to that point! You can’t! This is where the problem of the adhesive basecoat lacking in body comes into play. You’ll never get it to match the sample smoothness without burning through it and exposing the old countertop. If you do that, now you have more problems to fix. That being said, since you can’t sand it smooth enough, now your surface is very coarse. I could already see where this was going. Once you apply the clear top coat, (It doesn’t have enough “body” either) the surface being very coarse and rough, I was going to end up with a surface that was going to grab and hold food particles like crazy. I think I’ll call it tbe Covid Countertop because of the germs it will be retaining. I’m sitting here now watching it dry and cursing myself for doing it and Rustoleum for making it. I wish she just would have purchased new countertops and put the $200 towards that instead.
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Response from Rust-OleumSupportJune 3, 2020
Thank you for your feedback, Doug! Rust-Oleum Countertop Transformation Kit is not designed to be a perfectly smooth finish and will have a slight texture to it. The surface needs to be completely covered in the Decorative Chips to ensure the best appearance and durability. When sanding, too much pressure on the provided block can damage the coating. - Rust-Oleum Product Support 3
The product worked great everywhere except behind the sink! I redid my counters about a year ago and everything except behind the sink looks good. About 2 months ago the material started peeling and I spoke to rustoleum and the only fix is to redo the entire thing!
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Response from Rust-OleumSupportNovember 25, 2019
We appreciate your feedback! Proper surface prep is essential in ensuring the longevity of the Rust-Oleum Countertop Transformations Kit. Please keep in mind that water is an aggressive environment for coatings, so not allowing water to pool on the surface for extended periods of time is also recommended. - Rust-Oleum Product Support 3
Definitely needed several coats of adhesive and chips. I tried doing small areas at a time so I didn't have to use the wetting agent. The wetting agent only ruined the coating of adhesive and I stopped using it after the first two tries. Very glad I bought extra. The finished look is great after 3 or more applications. Now to see if it holds up over time.
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Response from Rust-OleumSupportOctober 16, 2019
Thanks for sharing your experience, DW. Please keep in mind that the Wetting Agent from the Rust-Oleum Countertop Transformations Kit keeps the Adhesive Base Coat wet longer and improves the adhesion of the Decorative Color Chips. It is important to only use the Wetting Agent on the Adhesive Base Coat. - Rust-Oleum Product Support 5
Very time consuming process. Don’t be afraid to go real heavy with base coat. Almost done the process. Had to do a second coat cause poor coverage. Some areas went to light with base coat. Definitely cheaper than a new counter and cabinets. Just make sure you have somewhere to prep cooking in between. Will be top coating tonight. Wish there was a way to use power sander for the prep part. Prepping laminate counters requires a ton of sanding.
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Response from Rust-OleumSupportMay 2, 2019
Thank you for sharing your experience and providing this feedback on our Rust-Oleum Countertop Transformations Kit, Betes! Once the process is complete, we are sure you will love your "new" countertops for many years to come! - Rust-Oleum Product Support 2
After watching the Rust-Oleum Transformations promotional and how to apply videos, I thought it was to good to be true. Then I moved forward on getting a quote to replace the countertops and the cost was more than I could afford. So I went ahead and purchased the Rust-Oleum Transformations product hoping it would not disappoint. It has exceeded my expectations by 100%. I followed the directions as written and shown in the installation video and the results were amazing and it cost a little over $200. The finish looks professional, the durability is incredible, but most import the application was so easy.