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For anyone at home with a Corian countertop, you’ll know just how beautiful and refreshing such a design can be. Corian countertops have become hugely popular today, as they represent a slick, modern choice that's simple and adds energy and charisma to your home where it was previously missing. The main challenge you probably will find when getting a Corian countertop though is the fact that you might struggle to recolour the design. It might look amazing, but does the colour scheme fit in with the rest of the room?
If not, you might fear you will need to remove or replace your Corian countertop. That is not the case, though; changing the colour of a Corian countertop is much easier than it might seem from reading into the service. While it might seem needlessly complex, a few simple factors need to be taken into account that should allow for easier recolouring.
It will still require some effort on your part to make the change happen, but it is not the impossibility that some would have you believe. So, how does one go about making a colour change to a Corian countertop without collateral damage?
As you no doubt have noticed, the cost of a Corian countertop can be pretty significant. Therefore, trial-and-error is not something that we can recommend in good conscience. As such, we would recommend that you only attempt the recolouring process once you 100% understand what is at stake here and how to go through with the process.
Given the intense strength and durability of Corian, you want to make sure that you do a good job here. This is a moisture-protected material that is great for everyday usage, making it appealing in kitchens, bathrooms, and other key rooms in the house. However, you should know that making a mistake in the colouring process can lead to more than a few issues in both correcting and recolouring in the future. So, try and avoid interacting with your Corian countertops until you fully understand the challenge involved in the process.
Can You Paint Corian Countertops?
The good news is that while painting Corian is a challenge, it is entirely possible to do. You simply do not want to rip out what you already have and replace them; it’s a waste of good money and Corian, so consider colouring (painting) instead.
How to Update the Color of Your Corian Countertops
- Degrease. Before you do anything else, we recommend that you get busy with a serious cleaning project on the Corian itself. We recommend you use a degreasing soap and then wash down the surface. This should take some time, as you will need to be thorough and intense with the cleaning. We also recommend using a nylon scrubbing item to avoid any kind of risk for stains, scratches, or damage otherwise.
- Rinse. Once degreased, we recommend you then rinse the Corian before giving it a second coat of wash without degreaser. Make sure you clean it with a fresh, clean cloth. Make sure you get rid of any and all soapy residue, and then give the Corian a full and thorough drying. This can avoid any soap residue interacting with the colour, and can make sure that the end result is going to look as good as you would have hoped for. It can be tough to get the cleaning process down the right way. So if you are unsure, make sure you read into any products that you happen to be using. This will ensure that you have nothing to worry about regarding the after-effects of cleaning products interacting negatively.
- Sand. Once you have finished the cleaning process, now comes the technical challenge. So, you will need a belt sander and some fine grit sandpaper. Lightly sand down the surface, being extremely careful to avoid any kind of depressions or cuts into the surface. Get the edge by hand if possible. Also, make sure you wear eye and mouth/nose protection when you are sanding Corian.
- Vacuum. Once done, give it a vacuum clean to remove any of the excess counter, and then wipe down the counter with a clean but damp rag to get any of the excess dust you couldn’t vacuum. Now, you need to wait around 24 hours before doing anything.
- Paint. Once you are ready to begin painting, you will want to start by using a two-part epoxy paint product. Epoxy paints come in various finishes, so make sure that you pick the right one. Make sure you use an epoxy primer, applied via roller, and allow the primer to dry entirely.
Applying Paint to Corian
Now that you have started the painting process, allow the primer to dry in full and then start applying the epoxy paint over the primer. We recommend you use two coats, allowing for each coat to dry as clearly as is possible. You might also wish to add some artistic style to the design if you so choose. You could do this with a whole host of arts and craft tools if you think this would be something that you would like.
It’s a challenge to get things right when it comes to painting this particular surface, so please be thorough and be very careful. Over time, the paint will begin to wear and fade, and any damage or scratching is going to show up as the original colour. If applied correctly, however, the primer will retain its layering without coming off.
This will probably mean having to do some repaints from time to time. But given the cost of a standard Corian countertop, that should not be a big deal in comparison to what a full-on redevelopment would require. It can be tough to get this right if you are not sure what you are doing, so we recommend hiring a painting expert if you are worried about making a mistake.
Whether carried out DIY or with professional help though, you will now know for sure that you can recolour your Corian countertop should you so choose. So, what colour will you go for?
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
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