Rustoleum Countertop Paint Reviews: Color Comparison

A sleek looking countertop is enough to make or break any kitchen, but not everyone has the budget or time to make a mess and start renovating.

Well, let us tell you a little secret. There's a rather ingenious solution in the form of small of a small, do-it-yourself kit. One of the better-known brands in this space is Rustoleum.

Today, we're taking a look at the Rustoleum Countertop Paint Kit, containing everything you need to deliver an instant DIY countertop makeover.

If you're looking for an easy way to rejuvenate your well-worn kitchen counters, Rustoleum Countertop Transformation Kits are the perfect solution. Once you've followed the instructions, the kits work to mimic the design of natural granite without any of the usual expenses.

Even better, the process is incredibly simple – all you need to do is apply the paint, coatings, decorative add-ons, and hey presto. We're even willing to bet your guests will be unable to tell the difference between the real thing.

If you plan to DIY your kitchen makeover, you really can't go wrong with Rustoleum. The kits are hugely versatile; you can use them on wood, laminate, and metal trim to ramp up your kitchen's aesthetics.


Rustoleum Countertop Paint Color Range

Now you understand what Rustoleum Countertop Transformation Kits do, let's look at their most popular color choices to help you achieve the kitchen of your dreams:

Charcoal

If you have a monotone kitchen, use this deep black color with blue-gray speckles to put on a bold, contrasting theme.


Onyx

Onyx can go well with black and white kitchens. The only difference between this and charcoal is that onyx is a deeper black with darker speckles.


Desert Sand

This light brown color can match white cabinets and complement wood furniture in your kitchen, such as farmhouse tables.


Java

This dark brown shade looks elegant in classy or rustic setups. It also works wonders in white kitchens to create a natural separation.



Rustoleum Countertop Paint Transformation Kit Reviewed

This DIY transformation kit can turn any dull countertop into a granite-looking surface quicker than you may think. Better still, the kit is ready to go and contains everything you need for a complete transformation.

What's Included In The Kit?

  • 2-Part Protective Top Coat
  • Adhesive Base Coat
  • Diamond Embedded Sanding Tool
  • Wetting Agent
  • Stir Sticks
  • Decorative Chip Dispenser
  • Decorative Chip Scraper
  • Decorative Color Chips
  • Sanding Block
  • Instructional DVD
  • Printed Instructions


Top Tip: We would strongly recommend picking up some masks to use alongside your kit. There is a lot of sanding involved, and you do not want to be breathing in any harmful paint dust.

You can buy masks cheaply from Amazon, or your local DIY store.

Sizes Available/ Coverage

The kit come in two sizes, each suitable for different-sized kitchens

  • Large (50 square feet)
  • Small (30 square feet)

Simply select your preferred color and the size of the kit based on the size of your kitchen.


Top Tip: We would always recommend opting for the larger kit. Although you may end up with some leftover paint, this can be used for touch-ups in the future!

Colors Available

Rustoleum Countertop Paint kits come in a variety of different color options:


Is it Easy to Use?

As long as you follow the instructions, the kit is incredibly easy to use. Even if you are usually a disaster at DIY projects, you shouldn't have any issue achieving a stunning granite finish on your worktops.

After cleaning the target area, simply apply the base coat, wait for it to dry, and apply the decorative chips. After the paint has completely dried, sand to smooth down any rough surfaces, and apply the topcoat.


How Long Does it Take?

Rustoleum boasts that you can rejuvenate your old kitchen countertops in a single weekend.

The process is straightforward, but it's important not to rush. It can be easy to want to speed through the instructions, but ensuring adequate drying time at the various stages is essential to ensure the durability of your countertops.


What's the Finish Like?

The finish is similar to a regular granite countertop, so people will really struggle to tell the difference, especially at a distance. In fact, the initial reaction to our touched up countertops was incredible.

We have to admit we were very impressed with the end-result, and our friends couldn't believe us when we told them our 'new' expensive-looking tops were actually the originals with a lick of paint.

Now Rustoleum recommends you go easy with the use of your kitchen for a week after installation. We managed to get a few scratches in the paintwork because we didn't follow their advice, but we had some leftover paint we could easily use for touch-ups.


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If you're looking to give your countertops, cabinets, or other household furniture a quick and simple update, consider Rustoleums general-use countertop paint.

One of the great features of this paint is that it can be tinted to 10+ different shades, helping you to match the color to your existing aesthetic. With a little light sanding, it can work on laminated cabinets, without the need for priming.

One can of paint is enough to cover 25 linear feet, while the formula is resistant to moisture, scrubbing, and chemicals in typical household cleaning products.

A big plus for young families is the inclusion of HomeShield Antimicrobial Protection. This trademarked formula protects your home against the build-up of mold and mildew.

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Rustoleum Vs Other Countertop Paint Brands

Rustoleum vs. Giani

Compared to Rustoleum, Giani's countertop paint kits can be used on a whole host of surfaces, including Formica, ceramic tile, and cultured marble, whereas Rustoleum is only limited to hardwood, laminate, and metal trim.

In terms of coverage, Giani's kits only come in a single size, covering 35 square feet. This is a little annoying if you have a kitchen slightly larger than these measurements, requiring two kits. With Rustoleum, at least you have the option of purchasing the larger size (which covers up to 50 square feet).

Giani also offers a wide range of finishes, which can help transform your kitchen countertops to everything from slate to marble, as opposed to just granite.

In terms of quality, both brands fare very well, but what sets Rustoleum apart is the inclusion of the HomeShield Antimicrobial Protection, which is lacking in Giani's offerings.

Rustoleum vs. Beyond Paint

If you're unfamiliar with the brand, Beyond Paint offers paints that combine primer, finisher, and sealer in a single product.

The most significant advantage Beyond paint has is its variety of colors. Offering traditional colors such as black and white, alongside more vibrant colors such as reds and teals, you can customize your kitchen to suit your individual style.

Although Beyond Paint offers a countertop kit (at an incredibly affordable price), it is not as complete as the similar product from Rustoleum. Consisting of just a handful of products, if you really want to achieve a stunning finish, opt for Rustoleum.


How to Apply Rustoleum Countertop Paint

  • 1
    Measure your countertop in square feet to determine the size of the kit needed.
  • 2
    Repair any existing chips in your countertops using an epoxy filler. When complete, ensure to clean your countertops thoroughly with soap and a damp cloth.
  • 3
    Sand your existing countertops using the sander included in the kit. The rough surface will make the paint stick much easier.
  • 4
    Using the foam roller included in the kit, apply a base coat.
  • 5
    Shake and spray the wetting agent onto the base coat and then add the decorative color chips. Let it sit for 12 hours.
  • 6
    Sand and smooth the surface to remove any excess chips using the diamond sanding tool and block.
  • 7
    Apply the protective topcoat. Finish off with a roller to ensure even coating without streaks.

For general tips on painting, check out our article on painting kitchen cabinets.


Where Can I Buy Rustoleum Countertop Paints?

Amazon

Offering the ultimate in convenience, Amazon stocks and sells the entire range of Rustoleum paints and kits. With excellent customer service and friendly return policies, Amazon is our preferred choice when ordering online.

Home Depot

Your local Home Depot is another good choice, especially if you don't mind leaving the house. We tend to find Home Depot assistants much more knowledgeable and helpful than their competitors. If you think you may need a spot of advice before beginning your project, consider visiting Home Depot online as a first stop.

Lowes/Menards

If you have a Lowes or Menards close to your home, it may be convenient to pay them a personal visit. If you ask us, Home Depot's customer service is typically better.

Independent Retailers/Local Paint Shops

Although we are a big fan of supporting local businesses, we often find independent retailers are not as competitive in terms of price than Amazon. Given they are usually much smaller than larger home department stores, their stock can also be limited.

Rustoleum Website

You may be surprised to hear that you can't purchase paint directly from Rustoleum's website. If you're planning to shop online, stick to Amazon.


Frequently Asked Questions

Who owns and manufactures Rustoleum paints?

RPM International Inc., based in ‎Vernon Hills, Illinois, owns Rustoleum and manufactures its paints and other products.


How long does Rustoleum countertop paint last?

When taken care of properly, there's no reason why you can't get many years of use from your new countertops. Keep a small tin of paint in your garage to take care of any touch-ups to keep it looking great.


How long is drying time between coats?

It's always advisable to give each coat of paint sufficient time to dry before applying the next. Although you can resume "light use" of your countertops after 48 hours, Rustoleum advises you to wait seven days to resume "normal use."


For further details, check our Rustoleum's FAQ page.


Is Rustoleum countertop transformation paint kits safe to use?

Yes, providing you follow the instructions. Although Rustoleum Countertop Paint is low-odor, we would advise wearing a mask when applying.


Can I apply a new Rustoleum over an existing countertop paint coating?

Yes, as long as you sand and smoothen the existing coating. Simply use the included diamond embedded sanding tool to prepare your surface.


How do I remove Rustoleum countertop paint?

You can remove Rustoleum countertop paint using chemical paint strippers applied carefully to the surface.


Conclusion

If you're looking for a new DIY project and the kitchen is next on your hit list, consider updating your countertops with a kit from Rustoleum. Provided you follow the instructions, you can achieve a stunning and cost-efficient result that will last for years to come.


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