Looks good, how is the durability? And how would it price out against the HO's just replacing the counters?
I mean you could use the fact that there will be wall repair and paint issues if the counter is replaced. Seems like it would be an excellent thing to offer people who were selling a home, less mess and even if the durability sucked it wouldnt be an issue for them.
When all is right the durability is amazing. The high solid aliphatic urethane is unbelievabley strong stuff. I have a sample I've carried around in the back of my truck for a year. It looks good as new when cleaned up.
However, this particular counter is not seeming like it wants to cure out. It still feels soft. Its been a full 24 hours on the big counter and a little more on the desk. The desk does feel like it is hardening up more than it was yesterday. It is really freaking me out though. I feel like it should be hard. It isn't soft enough that I can make an impression with my hand or anything. However, it does have a rubbery feel. the owner of the company I get the chemical from said it can take up to 3 weeks to get very hard. Seems weird though. I wish someone had some more insight on this.
I used the hsld 5000 on the the countertop. This a 2 component aliphatic urethane. However, I know that they make a product called crosslink clearcoat that can be mixed in with the multistone. I know at one point he told me that the hsld and the crosslink are interchangeable. So maybe that means it is a crosslink? What does crosslink really mean?
Very nice top, though I think you should have just removed the sink, then re-set it. I appreciate knowing about the product though, very nice. How were the fumes for the urethane? I've been using a No VOC epoxy over a concrete overlay product. There is no smell which the HO likes.
How much of a buzz do you get with those products you used? And, how is it applied?
I think it would take me longer to remove the sink than to tape around it. After it is done I hit it with a nice bead of caulk and it works pretty well.
The smells are awful. They do have fragrances that you can add to it to help. I need to invest in one of the heavy duty exhaust fans. I normally tell the homeowner they need to stay out of the house for 24 hours. Not ideal but better than making a kid sick or something.
I priced this countertop at $500. Id say I had 150 dollars in material. I was there basically a full day. I had to come back and remove plastic the next day. I also painted a living room in between coats. If scheduled right you could do a couple a day. There is some down time between coats. I'm not sure what replacement laminate would cost in a kitchen like this but I'm thinking granite would probably be 4-5000?
LAD, I didn't understand your post. You start at 30 dollars to do a countertop? I haven't been doing this very long. Figuring out my pricing is going to take some tweeking. I need to find out how much it would cost to replace with formica or granite. In my opinion it looks way better than formica.
I didn't wet sand and buff. It would probably be the thing to do though from now on. There is some dust in the finish that midwest says will come out with regular cleaning over time. However, it would probably be best to buff it. I don't know much about it but my dad paints cars and i'd assume similar. Just wet sand down then buff out with a buffing compound?
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