How to Apply Super Glaze on Countertops

To give your bar top a dazzling finish worthy of a top-class boutique hotel, apply Super Glaze. This glossy epoxy-based coating is easy to use and protects your surface, no matter what gets piled on it or spilled. Plus, it can be used over almost any interior surface, from a smooth painted wet bar to an unfinished wood countertop, which makes it a truly versatile home decor product.

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How to Apply Super Glaze on Countertops

Assembling Your Supplies

In addition to a Super Glaze kit, you will need a few other tools. Assemble safety glasses, disposable calibrated mixing cups, a stir stick, a plastic spreader or squeegee, masking tape, a small disposable paint brush for edge work, latex, vinyl or chemical-resistant gloves, a plastic drop cloth, newspaper or waxed paper and a level. If your unmixed Super Glaze is solid, run the sealed container under hot tap water and let it cool to room temperature before use.

Preparing Your Countertop

Before you apply Super Glaze, ensure your surface is level. Lightly sand if necessary (particularly if applying to polyurethane or acrylic finish) then wipe down with a damp cloth to get rid of all dirt, grime and sanding dust. Protect the surrounding areas with a plastic drop cloth, newspaper or waxed paper. For best results, the manufacturer recommends that your surface and the product are room temperature, which means at least 70 degrees Fahrenheit (21 degrees Celsius).

If you're applying the glaze over a previous finish of another product, apply a small amount of Super Glaze in a hidden area to make sure it's compatible. Before you apply Super Glaze to a porous surface (such as woods with open grains like oak and walnut, porous fabrics and paper), apply a clear sealer coat first. Mix approximately 1/4 the amount required for a full coating and apply a thin later over the whole surface of your countertop. Leave it for four to five hours at 70 degrees Fahrenheit before applying the rest of the product.

Mixing Super Glaze

It's important not to shake or power mix your Super Glaze, as this can cause bubbles in the surface. Pour equal amounts of the resin and activator into separate calibrated mixing cups. Add the resin to the activator and stir gently for at least three minutes (a gentle hand minimizes air bubbles in the surface), scraping the sides and bottom of the cup as you go. Pour the entire mixture into the resin cup and mix for another three minutes, scraping the sides and bottom of the cup as you go. Pour the entire mixture into a clean container and mix gently for a further three minutes.

Applying Super Glaze

Pour Super Glaze as soon as it's mixed into the center of the countertop. Spread it in a single direction over the whole surface, using a plastic spreader or rubber squeegee. Stop spreading as soon as the Super Glaze starts to set. Blow lightly on the mixture while you spread to encourage air bubbles to rise to the surface and disappear. This will be most effective if you work quickly, because any bubbles trapped in the surface can cause dimples.

Super Glaze Tips

The manufacturer recommends applying Super Glaze at 1/16-inch thickness. Each one-quart (0.95 liter) kit covers nine square feet at this thickness. If you want a deeper finish, apply multiple coats of Super Glaze.

When you have finished applying each layer, wipe your countertop with alcohol or acetone. Also note that Super Glaze isn't recommended for use on wood floors, and is recommended for indoor use only. After applying Super Glaze, keep your countertop free of dust and debris for at least 18 hours.