Posted by Jeremy French on August 01, 2014
One of the most frequent questions we get sounds something like this-
"I want to refinish my concrete countertops, what do I do? I don't know who made them, or what they used to seal them with, and everything on the internet seems to conflict with everything else! Help!"
As promised by Liverpool fans everywhere, you are not walkingalone.
Resealing concrete countertops is a process. Let's walk through what that process may look like for you.
First things first, what sealer is on your countertops? You may not have an answer for this, but you will want to try your hardest to find out. Every sealer requires a slightly different approach, and knowing what you are up against will inform the rest of the process. If you can't figure out what sealer it is, we will address that in a bit. If your countertops were sealed with the Buddy Rhodes system, your process will be relatively simple.
What shape is your countertop in? Has your concrete just lost it’s ‘pop’? If so, a little wax and a buff may be all you need. If your concrete is absorbing water, seeing staining or etching, then you will need to figure out how far to take the process. You may want to spot fix problem areas, or, as daunting as it may seem, stripping and resealing the entire piece may prove to take less time and give a better result than trying to chase spots will. In the case of sinks that have seen lots of wear, just refinishing a sink is not hard to do, just tape off the transition between sink and countertop.
What will you use to reseal your countertops? There is no perfect sealer for concrete countertops. Artisans everywhere pray that one day we will overcome this simple fact, and people everywhere are searching for this holy grail. Much progress has been made in the past years, but we still aren't there yet. For every 'pro' a sealer offers you, there is a 'con'. It won't stain but it will scratch, it wont scratch, but it will stain, and so on.
Having run professional studios ourselves, we are settled on 3 different technologies. We have come to this conclusion by weighing a number of factors, including protection, ease of application, repairability, and aesthetic.
Now that we have outlined where we are, and where we are going, let’s figure out how to get there. Next Step