BEFORE BUYING

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Transforming Your Kitchen & Bathrooms For Over 30 Years Measure the countertops (and other surfaces) that you’ll be applying the painted paper to learn the square footage.

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Use our Recommended Amounts chart to make sure you purchase the correct amount of material.

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Watch our instructional video (below) to familiarize yourself with the process and materials needed.

Watch the video above to learn how you can easily transform your countertops with our
easy DIY Rescue & Resurface Painted Paper transformation kits.

MATERIALS NEEDED


RESCUE & RESURFACE:

  • Paper
  • Adhesive
  • Primer
  • Top Coat
  • Paper smoothing tool

Our kits make it easy to order!

SAFETY MATERIALS:

  • Safety glasses
  • Dust mask
  • Disposable rubber gloves

OTHER TOOLS:

  • 4-6″ mini roller handle
  • 4-6″ 3/8″ or 1/2″ nap mini roller cover
  • 4-6″ lint-free mini smooth surface roller cover
  • Mini roller pan
  • Stir sticks
  • Metal straight-edge or metal yardstick
  • Snap-off razor knife
  • Metal square
  • Cutting mat or smooth board
  • Sanding block (medium grit)
  • Paint brush
  • Liquid household cleaner
  • Cleaning rags
  • Scrubbing sponge

TO PROTECT OTHER SURFACES:

  • Drop clothes
  • Pre-taped plastic covering
  • Blue masking tape

OTHER ITEMS:

  • Patch filler (only if needed to repair damage on existing countertops)
  • Contact cement (only if needed to glue down peeling laminate on existing countertops)

HOW TO INSTALL


  • Remove sink and any old caulk
  • Clean and degrease countertops with a good household degreaser and an abrasive pad
  • Prime all areas to be papered with bonding primer (be sure to prime all areas to be papered, including edges underneath the countertop)
  • Allow primer to dry overnight. After dry, lightly sand countertop and check for any chunks/foreign objects in the primer coat
  • Tear paper into random sizes, and precut estimated number of straight edges needed
  • Stir paste well prior to use
  • Starting with straight edges, moisten the backside of the torn pieces with a damp sponge, this will enable you to apply less paste, and the paper will lay flatter when applied. Roll a thin coat of paste onto backside making sure to cover entire back, including the edges. Wipe pasting surface often to keep clean.
  • Align straight edges toward the back of countertop (to avoid leaning on the newly applied pieces) *Only apply straight edges to a straight edge of countertop. Do not apply straight edges of paper on open countertop, even if it will be covered by another piece
  • Using a plastic wallpaper smoother, and a damp terrycloth rag, apply torn pieces, smoothing out excess paste and air from under each piece. Keep the tool clean and paper moist when smoothing it on. This will give the best results on your countertop surface
  • After applying, wipe each piece with a damp terry cloth rag, wiping from the center out to avoid lifting of edges and to make sure all edges are pressed down firmly, and any excess paste or air bubbles are removed
  • Continue by randomly overlapping each piece slightly until countertop is covered completely
  • Wrap paper underneath exposed edges of countertop, approximately 1 inch. This will help to keep paper edges from “lifting”
  • Inspect the countertop to make sure all areas are covered, and all edges are pasted and pressed down firmly.
  • Once paper has dried (overnight), mix and apply 2 coats of topcoat as directed, with a lint free roller and foam brush.
  • Using a separate foam brush (to reduce the risk of getting foreign material in the topcoat), brush topcoat under the bottom edges and around the sink
  • After the topcoat has dried completely, using clear latex caulk, caulk around backsplashes and edges to ensure no moisture can get under the paper. You can apply caulk prior to top coating, but be sure to allow caulk to dry prior to applying the topcoat
  • Reinstall sink using plumber’s putty or caulk to insure no moisture can get under the paper

FAQ & TROUBLESHOOTING


It is recommended to remove the sink and reinstall it after the seal coat has dried. Make sure to use plumber’s putty or caulk around the sink to prevent moisture from getting under the paper.

If you do not clean the adhesive off of the paper before topcoating, it will affect the performance of the topcoat.

The papers are all hand painted and are purposefully made with variation (some designs more than others). This adds uniqueness, dimension and beauty to the finished product.

Even if you overlap a straight edge in the middle of your counter, you may see it at certain light angles.

You only need to overlap enough to cover the edges of the other pieces. If you overlap too much, you will go through more paper (common overlap is ¼”-1”)

We recommend using a variety of sizes, even very small pieces to fill in small areas. This will add to the unique look, and reduce waste. While you can use the very large pieces that are shipped to you, it is more difficult to get rid of all of the air bubbles and excess paste when smoothing extra large pieces.

After the paper has been pasted and allowed to relax, it will go around virtually any type of edge. While the paper is wet, simply make slight relief tears in the paper, as often as needed to cover corners. Press it down and mold around the edges.

You will need to use small, overlapping pieces for difficult corners. Gently tear the small piece of paper as much as needed, to smoothly go around corners (these are called relief tears in the how-to video).

We do recommend filling the larger chips, and sanding smooth before papering. No need to worry about small scratches or blemishes.

You will need to use contact cement or some other adhesive to stick the loose areas down prior to starting your project

Yes. Clean and sand first, then fill the seam and sand smooth prior to applying the paper.

Rescue and Resurface papers can be applied over the metal edge, as long as it is prepped properly. Rough up or sand the edges, then clean, prime and paper as with the rest of the countertop.

Always thoroughly inspect your counter prior to topcoating. If you see air bubbles, carefully use a sharp razor blade to make a very small slit in the paper, then work a small amount of paste under the paper (using thinned paste in a syringe works well), smooth it down and wipe off any excess paste.

Only apply a thin layer of paste. If the paste is on too heavy, you will get a large amount oozing back out as you smooth the paper down, which will be more waste and more to clean up. If the paste it too thin, it will dry too fast and the paper may not fully adhere. Make sure when rolling it on, you are careful to get the paste on all of the paper’s surface, especially the edges.

The paste will roll on easier, and not be too heavy if you thin it up to 10% with tap water.

You will use quite a bit of pressure, holding the smoother at less than a 30 degree angle. Smooth from the middle of each piece out to the edges to remove all of the excess paste and air bubbles. It is important to keep your tools clean; wipe off your smoother often while applying the paper

No. The Rescue and Resurface adhesive is specially formulated not to lift when the Duraseal topcoat is applied.

If the paper wrinkles after it is applied, this is an indication that you haven’t allowed enough time for the paper to “book” or relax after pasting it.

You should wait at least two to three minutes. It works well to moisten the back of the paper with a damp rag, sponge or spray bottle prior to pasting. This will decrease the “booking” time

If you measured correctly, and did not overlap too much, you will not run out of paper. We include a generous amount of extra paper to allow for overlapping and waste. However, if you did run out, you can order additional paper (Open Stock), without ordering an entire kit

HOW MUCH WILL YOU NEED?


*Please note that these are our recommended amounts, based on completed applications by both professionals and DIYers. The amount of coverage needed will vary based on each applicator, and how much paper is torn and overlapped, or how heavy the liquids are used in the application process.

Up to 10 square feet: Order the 10 sq. ft. kit.

11-36 square feet: Order the 32 sq. ft. kit.

37-46 square feet: Order both a 32 sq. ft. and a 10 sq. ft. kit.

47-72 square feet: Order two 32 sq. ft. kits.

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