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Encore Countertops Day 3: Finish and Use Your New Kitchen Countertops!

Encore Decorative Countertop Refinishing: Day 3

The Encore Countertop System is a complete DIY countertop resurfacing system from SkimStone.  The Encore system allows you to artistically resurface your existing formica countertops with an easy-to-apply, durable, beautiful finish in 3 days. Don’t replace-restore! This video leads you through Day 3 where you will apply your protective topcoats for a durable finish. Watch Encore Countertops Day 2 video here.

Find a complete selection of all five colors of Encore Countertop Refinishing Kits here. 

Step 1 – ColorLock

1. Make sure your countertop is clean, dry and free of dust and debris.
2. Wipe down the countertop with a dry, clean, lint free rag.
3. Find the two GREEN label ColorLock bottles with the black lids in the “Day 3” compartment of
your countertop kit (one small bottle, one large bottle).
4. Pour the contents of the small bottle into the large bottle.
5. Throw away the small bottle and cap. Do not recycle.
6. Replace the cap on the large bottle and make sure it is screwed on tightly. Shake the bottle for a
full minute. 7. Remove cap and allow to sit for 15 minutes after shaking.
8. Pour a small amount (about 2 – 4 oz) of ColorLock onto the countertop and spread with a 4 – 6”
foam roller.
9. Spread a thin, even coat across the entire surface of the countertop making especially sure not to
miss any spots.
10. Occasionally back roll the finish using only the weight of the roller.
11. Set any unused material aside, leave the cap off the bottle, and allow material to harden before
disposing of in the trash.
12. Allow to dry 4 hours.

Step 2 – ProGuard

SAFETY PRECAUTIONS – Eye and hand protection is necessary when mixing the ColorLock and ProGuard. Hand protection is recommended during application. 

1. Make sure the ColorLock is dry to the touch. Being especially sure to check that the back edges or any high build areas are completely dry.
2. Find the two BLUE label Sealer bottles with the white caps in the “Day 3” compartment of your countertop kit (one small bottle, one large bottle).
3. Pour the contents of the small bottle into the large bottle.
4. Throw away the small bottle and cap. Do not recycle.
5. Replace the cap on the large bottle and make sure it is screwed on tightly. Shake bottle about 1 – 2 minutes.
6. Remove the cap and allow the ProGuard to “rest” for 20  minutes after shaking.
7. Pour a small amount (about 2 – 4 oz) of ProGuard onto the countertop.
8. Using a clean 4 – 6” foam paint roller, spread a thin, even coat across the entire surface of the countertop making especially sure not to miss any spots.
9. Occasionally back roll the finish using only the weight of the roller.
10. Set any unused material aside, leave the cap off the bottle, and allow material to harden before disposing of in the trash.
11. Allow to dry overnight.

Using you Encore Countertops

Congratulations! You now have a beautiful ENCORE countertop.
Because you used an environmentally friendly system, it will take a few days to completely cure. Light use of your countertops is okay after they have been allowed to dry overnight. You’ll want to make sure that any spills, drips or standing water are cleaned up immediately during the first week. Appliances, place mats, etc, that can trap moisture on the countertop should not be replaced until 7 days after the finishing process.
SAFETY PRECAUTIONS – Eye and hand protection is necessary when mixing the Encore ColorLock™ and Encore ProGuard™. Hand protection is recommended during application. 
Encore Kits are available in 5 elegant colors. Find a complete selection of Encore Countertop Refinishing Kits here.
Read more about Encore Countertops and view our Frequently Asked Questions.

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