the main reason that most customers resurface their counter tops is to change the color. Many kitchens have countertops that are in good shape, but the color is out of date. They are tired of having to decorate around old out dated colors. At Armorkote, we apply a new finish over the existing countertop. The color is changed without having to go through the time and expense of replacement. You will get a new finish that will look like a new countertop. The new finish is strong and durable enough to last for many years. Your new finish will act like a laminate surface; if you cut it with a sharp knife – it will have a cut mark; if you place a scalding hot pan on it – it will burn. In other words, you will have to take the same precautions not to damage the surface as with any countertop. However, if you do damage the new finish – it can be touched up, since it is applied as a liquid. This cannot be done on a new laminate countertop.
What is the new finish?
A superior, high performance acrylic urethane system designed specifically for kitchen and bathroom refinishing. Our glaze is extremely durable and maintains gloss and color retention.
The advantages of this finish over other products is:
- Resistance to abraision and scratching (holds up to normal wear and tear)
- Impact resistance (won’t crack or chip under normal circumstances)
- Resistance to extreme temperatures
- Color retention (won’t yellow like epoxy coatings)
This finish has been modified for use in the resurfacing industry. Other resurfacing companies may call their product or process something unique or special, but the reality is that all of the top resurfacing companies will be using this finish.
You do need to be aware that there are companies who will use an inferior product to cut costs (our coating is very expensive). This causes problems because these products will not hold up over the long term.
What is the process?
As is the key to any job, the prep work is essential. After making sure that the countertop is completely clean, we sand the countertop. This sanding takes off the gloss from the original finish and etches the surface. Millions of microscopic holes are opened on the original surface of the countertop. This will allow the new finish to penetrate into the old surface and create an outstanding bond.
We then fill in any significant chips or holes. We then once again thoroughly clean and dry the countertop. We mask off all around the countertop and the sink, hang plastic sheets, and put tarps on the floor. We are in effect creating a spray booth in the kitchen.
We then mix a colored resin with a catalyst. A chemical reaction takes place and the new finish begins to harden. We have a couple of hours to work with it while it is still a liquid. The finish coat is then applied to the countertop using a spray system. It then penetrates and bonds onto the old surface. Because the new finish is applied as a liquid, it molds to the old countertop and backsplash. You will also find that your countertop will now be non-porous and should clean much easier than before.
The result is a countertop that looks better, lasts longer, and cleans easier.
How do I figure out the cost?
Unlike the other items that we refinish, we cannot give you a definite price on our website. There are a number of variables that go into determining the price. Obviously, the most important is size of the countertop.
We are happy to come out and provide you with a no cost estimate. We can also show you samples at that time for you to look at in your own kitchen. Is the new finish guaranteed?
Yes – ArmorKote guarantees work done in your home for 10 years. We guarantee against fading, peeling, or crazing. Our guarantee is 10 years longer than a new countertop.