You’re proud of your enCOUNTER concrete countertop, and you want to make sure that it looks beautiful for many years to come. The good news is that’s very possible. Concrete countertops are extremely durable, and can take a fair bit of abuse before they become damaged. The bad news is, almost any material can scratch or chip. The best way to protect your enCOUNTER system is with specialty concrete products like enSPARTIC or enPOXY concrete countertop sealers/coatings.
enSPARTIC provides a clear, high-gloss coating that cures in very little time, saving time and labor over polyurethanes and epoxies. It’s for indoor use on surfaces that have been properly prepared, and with its bonding strength and superior penetration, it will deliver years of protection from wear, abrasion and impact.
enPOXY is a 2-part epoxy system that is extremely heavy-duty, and provides a food-grade surface that resists bacterial growth. It’s very durable, but takes longer to cure than enSPARTIC.
Either of the specialty concrete products will offer outstanding protection, but as we’ve said, anything can scratch. If you do end up with scratches on your countertop, you may be able to repair them yourself, assuming that the scratches are just in the sealer. All you need to do is apply some sealer to the affected areas. If there are a lot of scratches, the entire countertop will likely have to be resealed.
Of course, touch-ups have to be done properly otherwise you can make the surface look even worse. You’ll need a fine brush, a steady had, and a single-component sealer. If you use too much, just remove the excess with a paper towel. Once the sealer is dry, you can use fine sandpaper to smooth out the surface – that way the repair won’t look overly visible. You could also use nail buffing pads.
If your countertops have taken a lot of abuse, you might want to consider calling in a professional who is well-versed in the use of specialty concrete products. As we’ve mentioned, you could attempt to reseal the entire surface of your concrete countertop, but realistically, this is less of a DIY project than spot repair. It’s more complex, and unless you’re particularly handy, you’ll probably be better off leaving it to a pro. Fortunately, a reseal job isn’t usually all that expensive, and once it’s done, you’ll get many more years of enjoyment from your concrete countertops.