White Portland is the only way to get a truly white concrete countertop. There are a variety of techniques used to achieve a certain color in a concrete countertop. One of the most basic methods is adding a pigment into the concrete mix before the countertop is poured. These colors are often called integral colors or integrated colors. Integral colors add color throughout the countertop, making the center of the countertop the same color as the surface. This is especially important if any grinding or polishing is to occur after the pour. Post-pour colors will grind off, exposing the original color of the concrete. Some post-pour concrete coloring techniques include stained concrete countertops, tinted concrete countertops, and dyed concrete countertops. Each coloring method will result in a uniquely different result.
Concrete countertops are only limited to the imagination and the ability to make the forms as such. All concrete requires coarse and fine aggregates for proper consistency and strength. In fact, these aggregates are a main composition of concrete. In the application of countertops, the aggregates are of great importance. Obviously, the aggregates must allow the concrete to set up as it should. However, aggregates can have roles in the aesthetics of the concrete countertop, as well. For example, the type of fine aggregates chosen (i.e. sand) can drastically change the color of the finished product. Also, if the countertop is polished, the process can grind into the concrete, exposing aggregates. In this case, aggregate sizes and colors are just as important as any concrete coloring to the final look of the top.
Here are some basic steps, tips and items you may need before you get started.Work in a well ventilated area with temperatures of about 70 degrees or so. You may need an orbital sander or use the sand paper supplied with your kit, and apply by hand, to sand down your existing countertops. Have plenty of clean rags on hand to wipe down your sanded surface and remove dust. Use paper to tape off any areas such as flooring that you wish to protect from paint drips. Always use recommended material and instructions that comes with your kit for clean-up of recommended application tools. Blend your countertop paint base coat of paint as instructions indicate. Apply countertop paint base coat with squeegee or recommended applicator per your enclosed instructions.
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