I am looking for a satin or semi gloss finish ?

by Pamela
I painted my countertops with a water based enamel paint, they look great and have a nice texture. I bought the paint at Benjamin Moore and the sales person said I wouldn't need to seal it. I think I do , but have only found gloss finish sealers. I don't think a satin polyurethane would well on a kitchen counter...any suggestions??? Thanks
  5 answers
  • Susan Savarese Susan Savarese on May 11, 2017

    Hi Pamela! Gosh, I've never heard of painting countertops with just enamel paint. Won't it scratch and peel? I would also think that polyurethane might yellow a bit. But Im sure there are other sealers with a satin finish wouldn't be difficult to find. I'm sorry I'm really of no help. I'm curious, though, about using enamel on countertops. I painted ours years ago, roughed them up of course first, and then used an oil based paint with a top coat. They worked well for awhile, but eventually started to wear.

    • Pamela Pamela on May 11, 2017

      Thanks for replying!!! I used a new hybrid paint, it's actually meant to be used on metal and can be used for outdoor projects as well. I decreased and scuffed the counters then used a primer, then the product called rust scat . Both the primer and paint are just like oil based enamel paint , but you can wash up brushes with hot soapy water , if you do it immediately... That said if I got it on my hands if I wiped it right off it came off , but I didn't wipe it off every time I got a drop on me, it would have taken forever , lol. That said , i did need mineral spirits to clean my hands !!! This IS just a temporary fix until I can afford new countertops. I refinished my cabinets and layed down a new floor and it feels like a new kitchen !!! I changed the dated 70's look for a vintage/rustic cottage look. The counters are a slate color with a fine grainy feel, the paint was a semi gloss. I just can't seem to find a sealant that is right for a countertop in a satin or semi gloss 😞

  • Rachel Rachel on May 11, 2017

    What you applied works great without topcoats. Oil or shellac will yellow quickly. Water based urethane is not inte for heavy use.

    • Pamela Pamela on May 11, 2017

      Ok, thanks for the info. I am planning on being careful with the counters, not not lots of cutting on them , but still thought I should coat the & I know a urethane product wasn't going to work.

  • Bobbie Bobbie on May 11, 2017

    Sounds like a great new product many of us will have to investigate. Thanks for letting us know a little about it!!

  • Susan Savarese Susan Savarese on May 11, 2017

    Pamela, wow! I'd love for you to send a picture of your "new" kitchen! I did the same thing when I painted my countertops, it desperately needed a facelift but there was no money in the budget for new countertops. I bet your kitchen looks awesome! Thanks so much for the reply. I've never heard of that paint.

    • Pamela Pamela on Sep 20, 2018

      Well, better late than never, lol... You replied to my question over a year ago , thanks ! In your response you said you would like to see before and after pictures . I couldn't figure out how to do that. Just wanted to let you know I posted my kitchen transformation on a hometalk post...kitchen re do from ugly 1970's to vintage cottage .

  • Pamela Pamela on May 11, 2017

    It great to be able to make updates with out having to spend tons of money!!!

    I would like to post a before and after, unfortunately I'm not to tech savvy, i will play around tomorrow and see if I can post it !😏