If it’s paper, how can it be durable?

The paper alone is not durable enough for use as a countertop, but with the 2-part DuraSeal topcoat, it is extremely durable. Duraseal topcoat resists scratches and chipping, is impervious to moisture, and resists bacteria.

Can I cut on it?

No, as with other countertops, always use a cutting board.

Is it heat resistant?

We do not make the claim or guarantee that it is heat resistant. However, we have tested it ourselves and heat does not affect it. As with any countertop surface, we recommend always using a hot pad or trivet

Can I do it myself?

Yes, it is very easy to do yourself. Simply follow the directions on the How To Video (located on our website: www.papertransformations.com)

What if someone cuts on it, or it begins to get scratched up?

If the surface begins to dull or look scratched, simply clean the surface well, lightly sand and apply another coat of our DuraSeal topcoat.

Is the paper smooth on the countertop?

Yes and no…The paper is smooth, with a very slight texture. You will be able to see and feel minimal overlapping, which adds to the uniqueness.

Why would I choose to paper my countertops instead of replacing them?

There are several reasons to choose the Rescue and Resurface Painted Paper Countertop kits; *Less expensive, *Less waste if you reuse your existing countertops, *DIY to get it done on your schedule, *Less mess and disruption in your home…REDUCE, REUSE & RECYCLE!

How much does it cost?

The standard kit cost is $299.00 which will include everything you need to refurbish 32 s.f. of counter space.

What does the kitchen countertop kit include?

The kit includes our bonding primer, paper adhesive, hand painted paper and our 2-part DuraSeal topcoat.

What happens if my countertop gets damaged? Can my counter be repaired if something happens to it?

Unlike almost any other countertop, Rescue and Resurface countertops are repairable. Simply clean the surface, lightly sand and apply a piece of paper over the damaged area. After allowing that to dry, apply another coat of the DuraSeal topcoat.

Do the countertops stain easily?

No. Rescue and Resurface countertops are very stain resistant. The countertops have been tested with Red Wine, Grape juice, Hot sauce, Coffee, Ketchup and Mustard. The only product that left any sign of stain was mustard, which actually faded completely away after a short period of time.  As with any surface, remove spills and wipe as soon as possible with a damp rag and household cleaner.

Should I remove the sink before I refinish my countertops?

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.

How do I clean my new countertops?

Simply use any non-abrasive household cleaner, along with a soft cloth to clean the countertops.

Can I apply the paper over old laminate?

Yes, you can apply the Rescue and Resurface painted papers over virtually any existing countertop, after proper cleaning and priming (explained in instructions)

How long will it last?

Rescue and Resurface countertops will last as long as you want them to. They are repairable, and you can also apply additional coats of Duraseal, if needed/desired

Do I need to remove it if I want to change my countertop color?

No. Simply clean it well, prime, apply the new Rescue and Resurface paper, and topcoat it, as in the previous installation

How long should I wait before using my newly applied Rescue and Resurface countertop?

Your countertops will be ready for light use 24 hours after applying the 2nd coat of Duraseal. After 3 days you can start putting  your light appliances back on the counters, such as toasters, coffee makers, etc…We recommend allowing a minimum of 7 days before replacing heavier items, such as microwaves back on the counter. The Countertops will continue to cure and harden up to 14 days  after the final coat of Duraseal has been applied

What does the guarantee cover?

The guarantee covers all of the products included in the kit.

Why do I need to wipe off excess adhesive after I apply the paper?

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

Can I apply the papers on my walls?

Absolutely! The papers apply in the same way as on countertops, with no need for a topcoat.

Can I go over tile?

Yes. It is recommended to use the Rescue and Resurface Grout filler and sand smooth prior to applying the paper.

How long will it last?

Rescue and Resurface countertops will last as long as you want them to. They are repairable, and you can also apply additional coats of Duraseal, if needed/desired

Do I need to remove it if I want to change my countertop color?

No. Simply clean it well, prime, apply the new Rescue and Resurface paper, and topcoat it, as in the previous installation.

How long should I wait before using my newly applied Rescue and Resurface countertop?

Your countertops will be ready for light use 24 hours after applying the 2nd coat of Duraseal. After 3 days you can start putting  your light appliances back on the counters, such as toasters, coffee makers, etc…We recommend allowing a minimum of 7 days before replacing heavier items, such as microwaves back on the counter. The Countertops will continue to cure and harden up to 14 days  after the final coat of Duraseal has been applied

What does the guarantee cover?

The guarantee covers all of the products included in the kit.

Why do I need to wipe off excess adhesive after I apply the paper?

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

Can I apply the papers on my walls?

Absolutely! The papers apply in the same way as on countertops, with no need for a topcoat.

What if my counter space is larger or smaller than 32 square feet?

There are a few options to choose from on the “Shop” tab of our website, including 10 s.f. kits, 10s.f. add packs, open stock paper and liquid supplies

What is the difference between a furniture kit and a countertop kit?

The topcoat is the only difference. The Kitchen topcoat is made to withstand heavier use

Can I use the paper on floors?

Yes. Follow the same application method as countertops, then finish with the Rescue and Resurface Floor Coat Sealer

What causes the paper to sometimes wrinkle after I apply it?

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

How long should I wait to apply the paper after I paste the pieces?

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

Can I paper my counter if I have an undermount sink?

It is important to be able to seal all of the paper edges down with caulk; so if that is not an option, the paper is not recommended

Will the finished Rescue and Resurface countertop stain?

No, once sealed, the countertops are impervious to most stains. The only thing found to leave a slight stain was yellow mustard, after a period of time. Always be sure to wipe away any food or drinks as soon as possible

What if I run out of paper?

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

Why are there lighter pieces and darker pieces in some of the papers?

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

Why should I tear off the manufacturer’s straight edge and throw it away?

The manufactured edge will not stick down as well as freshly cut or torn edges. Also, the Rescue and Resurface papers are all hand painted, and the finish may not be as consistent near the edge

Why shouldn’t I use a straight edge anywhere except around the edges, even if I overlap the pieces?

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

How much should I overlap?

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”)

What if I run out of paper?

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

Why are there lighter pieces and darker pieces in some of the papers?

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

What size pieces should I use?

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.

Can I use the paper in the very large pieces that it comes in?

You can, but it is more difficult to get rid of all of the air bubbles and excess paste when smoothing extra large pieces.

How does the paper come to me?

The paper will come rolled in a box and torn into roughly 18”x24” pieces. After you receive your kit, it is best to flatten out the paper before you start working with it. This will make it easier to handle.

Is the paper going to start lifting off of my counter over time?

Absolutely not! If your existing counter was cleaned and primed properly, and all edges are caulked to prevent moisture from getting beneath the paper, it should not ever lift

How often do I need to reseal my countertops?

This is entirely up to you. It depends on how heavily used the countertops are. It’s great to have the option to recoat, unlike virtually any other countertop

How do I paper the edges of my counter if they are not square?

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.

Do I need to fix the chips in my old countertop?

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

What if my old laminate is loose or not stuck down?

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

My old countertop has a seam in it, should I fill it?

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

What if my countertop has a metal or wooden edge on it?

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.

I noticed some air bubbles under my paper, what should I do?

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.

How heavy should I apply the 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.

Do I need to thin the paste?

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

How much pressure should I use when I’m applying the paper?

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

Can I use a regular wallpaper paste?

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

Does it have a lot of odor?

No, very little odor. All of the products are water-based, safe and low odor.

Can my countertops get scratched?

Yes. Rescue and Resurface countertops are extremely durable, but just like any countertop surface, they can scratch. Do not cut or chop on your countertop, always use a cutting board.

How do I paper difficult corners?

You will need to use small, overlapping pieces for 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).