Recently a satisfied customer (Chicagoland) left a review at Home Depot about Daich’s SpreadStone Mineral Select – along with images. Thought we’d share it here:
I love my new countertops. This was an easy project and I highly recommend it. My original laminate counters were held together with tape on the backsplash in several areas, so I decided to pull the laminate off (see the before pictures) and this product adhered just fine to that exposed wood.
My biggest concern when purchasing this product, after reading all of the great reviews, was what the color would really look like. It’s hard to know what the final result will look like when there aren’t any samples in the store so all you can go on is an image on your computer screen. I picked “natural white” (my cabinets are painted Benjamin Moore “mascarpone”) and I’m happy with the way they turned out (to my eye they have a slight brownish tinge) so if you’re a little flexible with colors just go with your gut and do this.
Buy an orbital sander if you don’t already own one. Preferably one with an okay dust collection filter system as this is a messy project. You need to sand quite a bit to get the full “mineral” sparkly effects. Sanding well makes all the difference to the final result. Hand sand the edges – I took a little too much off an edge and had to patch. My other advice would be to retape a few times.
I taped three times after reading quite a few reviews (thank you) that talked about how hard it was to remove the painters tape at the end (removed my original tape about thirty minutes after the first stone coating was applied, retaped and then removed that about thirty minutes after the second stone coat was applied, and then taped again before applying the final gloss). I taped around my sink, and it was fine. No need to remove the sink if you tape well.
Pick your color and take the plunge!