With all the different finish options available for your enCounter professional countertop, and the specialty concrete products that are available, there’s simply no need for anyone to have boring countertops. Concrete artisans can create stunning effects by stamping, grinding, or polishing the countertop surface, and can even add objects to the concrete for a really unique treatment. Let’s talk about some different finishes, and then we’ll tell you about an exciting new addition to the specialty concrete products lineup.
To achieve a glossy, polished appearance, countertop installers use 800-1500 grit diamond polishing pads. 5-grit would be used to expose aggregate.
This is simply an unpolished finish. Grinding would only be done if aggregate needed to be exposed.
Pressed or Veined Finish
This is a method of finishing the countertop that’s best left to highly skilled artisans. The process involves packing a stiff, wet concrete mix into the mold by hand, and then not vibrating the mix and slurry. In this way, a void is created, and with the right coloring in numerous slurry coats, creates a veined or pressed appearance.
Whatever type of finish you select, you’re going to want to make sure it’s protected. There are several specialty concrete products that can ensure protection. These sealants ensure that the concrete countertop will repel stains before they have the chance to actually penetrate into the concrete.
As countertops age, they will begin to develop a patina regardless of how well they’re sealed and waxed. This isn’t necessarily an undesirable thing, as the patina often adds depth to the countertop. Many people find that they actually prefer the appearance of a nicely aged concrete countertop.
What’s New in Specialty Concrete Products for Countertops?
We’re very excited about the new DYE-namic concrete countertop acetone dye. It’s the first dye product that can be used both indoors and out. It’s made up of fine-ground color particles in a solution that penetrates your concrete countertop. It can be used alone, or applied over other colors to create multicolored, variegated, multi-shaded designs that are one-of-a-kind. You’ll love the effect, and how easy it is to use – it takes about a third of the time you’d need for acid or water based stains, and it requires no neutralizing or time-consuming cleanup before sealing. It’s another great way to add a unique touch to your concrete countertop!