The Granite Look for Kitchen Countertops Is Just a Spray Away

Here's a really cool new product i just came across that many new homeowners will probably love.  Basically you can change your laminate counter tops into looking like granite for a fraction of the cost.  Read the article and then check out the company's website to see if this project would be a great fit for your kitchen.

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April 05 2011 - Sacramento
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Unfortunately, I've seen this product applied and I'd probably advise people differently.

1) The chemicals and liquids in it are messy and potentially dangerous.
2) Your existing laminate basically need to be in perfect condition (unlikely, or you probably wouldn't be changing it)
3) New laminate counters are a about 1/4 of the cost of granite, but there are some amazing new laminates out there to choose from. FX180 from Formica and Hi-Def laminates from Wilsonart look fabulous.

Everyone seems to be looking for a quick fix and a cheaper way of doing things, but the kitchen is too important a room to risk it. Do it right, do it once, be happy!

Talk to a local Kitchen Remodeler before you make a decision... see what they have to say. You'll be glad you did!
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Sounds like a very very bad idea, and likely to have very short lifespan. 

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I had a product similar to this in an apartment a few years ago.  It had a lifespan of about a year under light use, it will be on the rag or paper towel every time you wipe the counter off.
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April 05 2011
The application over old counter tops does not turn out as nice since old imperfections show through the finish (scratches, dents etc.)
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April 05 2011
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I've had some additional thoughts on this product.  This seems like it is the perfect product for someone who will rip out a permanent product like granite and replace it with this years gotta have shade of granite or new alternate product.  That way the next owner can strip it off and still have the permanent product. 

If the current owner is the type that has to have the latest product no matter what and plans to stay for a long period of time, a resource conservation sensitive owner might consider using this product over a suitably durable product such as paper mache.  That way when they change the counter layout to comply with the next trend, they won't be wasting all that incredibly resource intensive to mine and mill granite.  They can then be environmentally or at least conservationally sensitive and still not have to put up with a dated look.
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April 06 2011
A cool option is to install real slabs of formed granite for your kitchen counter. I know an agent who offer  it for free to his clients in Santa Clara County CA. His name, Hard Hat Agent
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