Countertop | Giani Granite Countertop Kit Instructions

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Giani Granite Countertop Kit Instructions Kit covers 35 sq. ft. of countertop space

Before Using Giani

• Clean countertop with a scouring pad such as a SOS or Brillo pad to remove grease and dirt (Do not use any other cleaners) • Rinse with water at least twice to remove all cleaner residue
• Use FrogTape Painter’s Tape to stop bleed through • Apply two rows of tape above back splash
• Patch deep nicks and seams with wood patch. Sand the patch smooth • Giani™ will cover thin scratches
• Remove any loose latex or silicone caulk • Replace with paintable caulk or clear caulk after painting. If you are using a fast drying caulk that advertises 30 min. dry time, you will still want to wait 8 hours before painting over the caulk.

After shaking the primer can well, use the foam brush to paint narrow ½” wide strip of primer at the bottom and top of your backsplash in a small, three foot wide section. Next, working in small 3-foot sections, use the roller to apply a thin coat of primer starting with the backsplash and working your way to the countertop surface. Move onto the next 3 foot section so the 2 sections blend while they are both still wet and repeat until the entire countertop is covered. Wait 8 hours for the primer to dry before starting step 2. Clean your foam brush for re-use and dispose of the roller cover.

Helpful Tip: After you are done, if you go back and notice a spot that you missed, first allow the counters to dry for an hour before touching it up with the foam brush.
Step 1: Roll on Primer *Not for sinks, tubs, flooring, or shower floors, as it is not designed to be submerged in water.
Plastics and virgin wood must be pre-primed before applying Giani Primer. Apply with a foam roller for a smooth finish and wait 8 hours before apply Giani Primer.

Step 2:  Sponge on Minerals

Recommended: Practice the Mineral application on the Kit’s Black Practice Sheet (or regular black construction paper to mimic black primer) before beginning to paint on your counters.

Cut the sponge in half, then cut each piece in half again giving you 4 pieces. Pour small amounts of each Mineral onto its own paper plate. Dip the textured side of the sponge into Step 2A Mineral and dab off excess on a clean paper plate. (Cans are not filled to the top because standardized cans are used. Adequate volumes are provided to complete the coverage.)

Working in small 2’x2’ foot sections tap 2A lightly onto your counter creating a nice imprint of the sponge. (If you get a “paint blob” you are pushing down too hard.) Let some of the black show through but be sure to have each imprint overlap each other. While 2A is still wet, use another piece of sponge to apply Step 2B Mineral over the top of 2A following the same application. Repeat again with Step 2C Mineral.

Tip for Chocolate Brown kit and Slate kit: After 2C has been applied, use the 4th piece of sponge and to dry sponge and blend the colors. For Chocolate Brown, tap very lightly over the section to cut down some of the red showing through in the brown and to slightly blend. For Slate, push down with more pressure to blend all three colors together. This is a personal preference, as some may like it more blended than others.

Move on to the 2’x2’ section right next to the section you just completed following the same application technique as above, overlapping as you sponge. Don’t forget to sponge the backsplash as you finish up each 2’x2’ section that you are working on.

Let dry for 4 hours before applying the topcoat. Sand down any peaks, if needed

Step 1: Roll on Primer

After shaking the primer can well, use the foam brush to paint narrow ½” wide strip of primer at the bottom and top of your backsplash in a small, three foot wide section. Next, working in small 3-foot sections, use the roller to apply a thin coat of primer starting with the backsplash and working your way to the countertop surface. Move onto the next 3 foot section so the 2 sections blend while they are both still wet and repeat until the entire countertop is covered. Wait 8 hours for the primer to dry before starting step 2. Clean your foam brush for re-use and dispose of the roller cover.

Helpful Tip: After you are done, if you go back and notice a spot that you missed, first allow the countertop to dry for an hour before touching it up with the foam brush.

Plastics and virgin wood must be pre-primed before applying Giani Primer on the countertop. Apply with a foam roller for a smooth finish and wait 8 hours before apply Giani Primer.

Step 2:  Sponge on Minerals

Recommended: Practice the Mineral application on the Kit’s Black Practice Sheet (or regular black construction paper to mimic black primer) before beginning to paint on your counters.

Cut the sponge in half, then cut each piece in half again giving you 4 pieces. Pour small amounts of each Mineral onto its own paper plate. Dip the textured side of the sponge into Step 2A Mineral and dab off excess on a clean paper plate. (Cans are not filled to the top because standardized cans are used. Adequate volumes are provided to complete the coverage.)

Working in small 2’x2’ foot sections tap 2A lightly onto your counter creating a nice imprint of the sponge. (If you get a “paint blob” you are pushing down too hard.) Let some of the black show through but be sure to have each imprint overlap each other. While 2A is still wet, use another piece of sponge to apply Step 2B Mineral over the top of 2A following the same application. Repeat again with Step 2C Mineral.

Tip for Chocolate Brown kit and Slate kit: After 2C has been applied, use the 4th piece of sponge and to dry sponge and blend the colors. For Chocolate Brown, tap very lightly over the section to cut down some of the red showing through in the brown and to slightly blend. For Slate, push down with more pressure to blend all three colors together. This is a personal preference, as some may like it more blended than others.

Move on to the 2’x2’ section right next to the section you just completed following the same application technique as above, overlapping as you sponge. Don’t forget to sponge the backsplash as you finish up each 2’x2’ section that you are working on.

Let dry for 4 hours before applying the topcoat. Sand down any peaks, if needed.

Step 3: Roll on Clear Topcoat

Use the Kit’s foam brush and apply a narrow strip of the Topcoat to the top and bottom of your backsplash in a section that is about 3’ wide.

Next, use the Kit’s second roller pad and apply a thin coat of the Topcoat to the backsplash in same section. (Don’t push the roller cover onto the roller arm too far because it may affect its ability to roll easily)

Now apply the Topcoat with the roller to the 3’ section countertop surface. (If your tops have a sloping front edge, continue your roll stroke over the edge.) Immediately after coating the section, roll back over the area by using one set of end-to-end, one way, roll strokes across the top. Be sure to not create lap lines by pushing too hard while rolling.

If you missed a spot, don’t worry, you will get it on your next coat. DON’T re-roll the area, as you will create a tacky surface that will have texture on it once dry.

You can cover the missed spots on the countertop by repeating step 3 above.

When done, clean the roller cover with warm water and let dry.  Wait 4 hours before applying the second coat. There is no need to sand between coats unless it is not completely smooth. Once dry, run your hand over the surface to make sure that there is no texture. If there is, lightly sand with a #600 grit sandpaper and clean up with a damp cloth. Make sure the surface is completely dry and dust free before applying the 2nd coat.

After your final topcoat (recommended to apply 2, max of 3), wait 1 hour and score the tape with blade and slowly pull.

Be sure to wait 12 hours before applying clear caulk around your sink’s rim.

When can I use my countertops again? Wait 24 hours after the final topcoat layer before using your countertops and dishwasher.  Do not set light appliances back on your surface until After 3 days, (such as a toaster, cutting board, knife holder). It Is highly recommended to wait the full cure time of 14 days before placing heavy appliances (such as a microwave) back on your countertop.  Full cure time for Giani is 14 days. While you can clean gently during this time we do not recommend cleaning aggressively until after the 14 day cure time. (Please note: We recommend only using soap and warm water to clean your counters, do not clean with harsh chemicals or household cleaners.)

Cold Weather Alert !!! Important!!! Make sure your GIANI™ kit is inside your home for at least 48 hours before you start your project 2) Turn your heat up to 72○F the night before your start your project – and until you apply your last coat – 3) Open your cabinet doors to allow the heat in underneath your countertops the night before you begin.

Important!!!

Giani Granite cures in 14 days at 77F and 50% relative humidity. You may fully use your countertops one day after you completed your application. Simply minimize aggressive cleaning for the first 14 days. Avoid leaving trapped water on your countertops over night, such as under a washcloth, cutting board, coffee pot or dish rack. If this occurs, the liquid may react with the Topcoat, creating a temporary texture, which will totally disappear and fully recover in approximately six hours if left untouched. Cleaning: NEVER use harsh chemicals such as bleach, vinegar, household cleaners, or any abrasives such as Comet or Soft Scrub. Never use scratch pads. ONLY use mild dish soap and water or Giani Cleaner. If food gets stuck on, lay a warm wet cloth over the food for a few minutes and remove with cloth. Also always use a cutting board and hot pads

Disposal – clean equipment and paint spatters with warm, soapy water. Dispose of contaminated absorbent, container and unused product in accordance with all current federal, state and local regulations.

Use only with adequate ventilation. See enclosed pamphlet on the proper ventilation. WARNING! Irritant! Harmful if swallowed. Contains Propylene Glycol. Avoid contact with eyes. May cause eye, nose and throat irritation. Avoid breathing of dust and vapors or spray mist. Open windows and doors or use other means to ensure fresh air entry during application and drying. If you experience eye watering, headache, or dizziness, leave the area to obtain fresh air. You should seek medical attention immediately If difficulty continues.

Close container after each use. Wash thoroughly after handling and before smoking and eating. !! FIRST AID: If swallowed, do not induce vomiting. Get medical attention immediately. If you experience difficulty in breathing, leave the area to obtain fresh air. You should seek medical attention immediately If difficulty continues.. In case of eye contact, flush eyes immediately with plenty of water for at least 15 minutes and seek medical attention. !! KEEP FROM FREEZING.

Use only with adequate ventilation. See enclosed pamphlet on the proper ventilation. WARNING! Irritant! Harmful if swallowed. Contains Propylene Glycol. Avoid contact with eyes. May cause eye, nose and throat irritation. Avoid breathing of dust and vapors or spray mist. Open windows and doors or use other means to ensure fresh air entry during application and drying. If you experience eye watering, headache, or dizziness, leave the area to obtain fresh air. You should seek medical attention immediately If difficulty continues.

Close container after each use. Wash thoroughly after handling and before smoking and eating. !! FIRST AID: If swallowed, do not induce vomiting. Get medical attention immediately. If you experience difficulty in breathing, leave the area to obtain fresh air. You should seek medical attention immediately If difficulty continues.. In case of eye contact, flush eyes immediately with plenty of water for at least 15 minutes and seek medical attention. !! KEEP FROM FREEZING.

Keep alcohol based products off of your Topcoat because they will affect its performance –   Be cautious to keep rubbing alcohol – hand sanitizers – and air freshener oils –off of your Topcoat because their alcohol    content will react with the Topcoat’s chemical composition  –
Caution:  Do not take internally.  Avoid contact with eyes and skin.  Use with adequate ventilation.  KEEP OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN. Apply 70F– 85F. Clean with GIANI Cleaner or soft cloth, mild soap and warm water.  Do not use cleaners, scrubbers or polishes.  Not for cutting, chopping, food prep.  Do not set hot pans on GIANI™. 800-650-5699 GIANIgranite.com GIANI, Inc.  2216 N. Broadway, St. Louis, MO  63102

Saltwash FAQs – How to use Saltwash Paint Additive

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What is in saltwash  Saltwash® powder is made with real sea salt so you will notice it dries quickly and has great adhesion.

What is Saltwash®?

Saltwash® is a base coat powder paint additive that creates a unique weathered look on any surface. Saltwash® was invented to recreate the authentic time worn painted look, which the owners of Saltwash®, commonly had seen on the seaside cottage porches and furniture growing up along the coast. Their mission was to create a formula to replicate the layered, sun and salt air kissed look, while also being quick and easy to use.

Is this This Stuff Toxic?

It has NO VOC’s and is a lead free product.

Can you make saltwash at home?

I don’t know if you can  make saltwash but I do know you can order it here

What makes Saltwash® the premier paint accessory?

Saltwash® is formulated with actual Sea salt and all organic compounds. It is proven and effective to give you the layered, weathered, sun kissed, sea salt finish to any surface. It is the premier and original texturizing product on the market.

Do you have to prime, clean or sand your surface before using Saltwash® on it?

The beauty of Saltwash® is you do not have to clean or prep your surface before starting. The chemical make-up, including Sea Salt, give Saltwash® an incredible adhesion to any surface without priming, cleaning or sanding.

What types of surfaces can Saltwash® be used on?

Saltwash® adheres to any surface from wood, laminate, glass, fabric, plastic and a variety of other surfaces, with no prep work required.

Add Saltwash® powder to your base paint ONE SCOOP AT A TIME, and then mix! You’re looking for consistency not a perfect measurement! ICING is what you’re looking for!

Can you mix Saltwash® in any type of paint?

Yes. Saltwash® can be mixed into any type of paint including latex, oil, acrylic, indoor/outdoor paint, chalk paint, milk paint, mineral or clay types of paint.

How much Saltwash® should you mix into specialty paints such as chalk or milk paint?

Add Saltwash® powder to your base paint ONE SCOOP AT A TIME, and then mix! You’re looking for consistency not a perfect measurement! ICING is what you’re looking for!
When using a specialty paint, such as chalk or milk paint, you will not need to mix in as much Saltwash® as you would typically use in a latex paint.

What is the expected Drying time?

Saltwash® has actual sea salt within its chemistry, which helps in speeding up the drying process. Indoors drying time is approximately 1.5-2hrs per 18”-24” square inch area. Outdoor sunny/dry conditions is approximately 20-30 min per 18”-24” square inch area. Note: If the Saltwash® is applied very thick in an area, the drying time may be longer in that spot.

Do you need to seal or apply a protective layer or coat of wax to your Saltwashed piece?

Saltwash® is only a base coat. If the topcoat of paint you work with requires a sealer or wax coat , then you must use one. Whatever your topcoat of paint requires reflects whether or not you need a sealer or protective wax coat.

Can I add Saltwash To Milk Paint?

When you add saltwash to milk paint you get a more natural aged look that can’t be duplicated from just distressing a piece, which is commonly done to other types of paint in an attempt to get that time or weather worn appearance.

How many square feet will one large 42oz can of Saltwash® cover? 10oz can cover?

42oz large can = 65-75sq/ft; A.10oz small can=15-20 square ft

How long will Saltwash® keep once mixed?

Saltwash® mixture will typically last in a properly sealed container for up to 2 weeks. If your mixture has become too thick and dried out, simply add more paint to your mixture and blend in to desired consistency.

Do you have to apply a top coat over your Saltwash® layer?

Yes, to have the desired look that Saltwash® is designed for, you must apply a topcoat of clean paint, then sand to reveal your Saltwash® base coat layers.

What makes Saltwash® different than typical chalk paint or other specialty paints?

Saltwash® is used as a base coat layer for texture and authentic weathered worn look and can be added in to specialty paints such as chalk paint.

What makes Saltwash® different than paint alone?

Saltwash® has a chemical make up that allows your Saltwash® layer to dry evenly from bottom to top and top to bottom. This differs from typical paint alone, which dries from top to bottom only, causing it to lie down and smooth out, loosing the layered look you want to achieve.

What is Saltwash® made of?

Saltwash® is a patent pending product. Its chemical composition has an active ingredient that when added to paint and applied to any surface it begins to dry throughout all at one time giving the desired layered, aged look. It has NO VOC’s and is a lead free product.

What makes Saltwash® so different than other texturizing products?

As a patent pending product, Saltwash® is the original and only product on the market to ever introduce the sun kissed finish and layering technique that Saltwash® provides. Although companies may try imitate, we are confident that there is only one way to Saltwash®!

 

Dixie Belle Paint Company Painted Dresser Midnight Sky Mineral Paint

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I would like to introduce Dixie Belle Company Painted Dresser Midnight Sky Mineral Paint. See how this paint looks on this dresser, Dixie’s Midnight Sky color is true to it’s name because it is as black as a moonless summer night sky. Dixie Belle Company Painted Dresser Midnight Sky Mineral Paint

Dixie Belle Company Painted Dresser Midnight Sky Mineral Paint

                                                                                                                             Dixie Belle Painting will be the easiest and most enjoyable painting you will ever do!

  • Clean your piece, preferably with Surface Prep By Belle Craie, to remove  dust and grime.
  • Paint with your favorite Dixie Belle paint  color
  • Distress (if you would like) – See video Below on Distressed Painted Furniture!

Dixie Belle Paint is very thick and a little goes a long way. The longer the lid stays off, the thicker it will get. If you’d like it thinner, no worries, just add a little water and stir. Add too much water?  No worries, just leave lid off and it will thicken up. Whatever consistency you desire, Dixie Belle Paint will work for you!

Distress a little too much for your taste?  That’s okay!  Just paint right over that area and start again!

Most pieces will take one to two coats for full coverage. Sometimes, after the first coat dries it will look blotchy.  Don’t freak out!  After the second coat, it will be beautiful!

Sometimes you will see brushstrokes, don’t worry, as the paint dries, they will disappear. Dixie Belle Paint is the best paint for self leveling.

This paint can be used in bathroom and the kitchen when you want to redo your cabinets. Just be sure to use Ploy sealer as a top coat.

Restyle Dresser using General Finishes milk paint color basil & brown mahogany

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Restyle Dresser using General Finishes's milk paint color basil & brown mahogany

When it comes to painting furniture you can’t go wrong using a color combo of General Finishes milk paint color basil & brown mahogany gel stain. It adds color to your decor that is easy on the eyes. Just see how this sturdy vintage dresser from a local Salvation Army thrift store was restyled by removing a two drawers, two drawer sliders, and painting the base with 3 coats of Basil. The drawer fronts was cleaned with Belle Craie Surface prep and then General Finishes brown mahogany gel stain was  brushed on with a 2 inch form brush and wiped back lightly with a 5″ inch white applicator pad.  The gel is excellent for going over a existing stained surface that just needs a touch up and this 5″ inch white applicator pad works like a dream.

General Finishes milk paint color basil & brown mahogany I suggest using a sealer on surfaces that will get a lot of use like dresser tops. I sealed this top with General Finishes High Performance Polyurethane. Its Formulated to resist foaming and prevent sags, they won’t run like ordinary water based finishes. Tack free dry time is only 15 minutes. Dry time between coats is 2-4 hours, so you can finish a project in short order. High Performance Polyurethane, HP, contains all the characteristics of a Poly/Acrylic blend, but also a UV stabilizer to protect it from breaking down in sunlight.

Restyle Dresser using General Finishes's milk paint color basil & brown mahogany

This is the type of applicator pad used to apply the gel stain, its a 5” Pad, great for applying Wax, Glaze, General Finishes High Performance Top Coat & gel stains on table tops, dresser tops, any large area. Eliminates brush stroke marks. Click here To purchase Cotton Applicator Pad.

Cotton Applicator Pad

General Finishes milk paint color basil & brown mahogany

 

For this project I used one paint of basil and 1/2 paint of brown mahogany.

If you interested in painting a dresser like this one here is the what  I used for this project: