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How to Transform Your Worktop with Rust-Oleum Worktop Transformation Kit


What you’ll need:


  1. Measure your worktops and make sure you have enough material to complete the entire project – the key to success in any DIY task is the preparation work. Before you get started you will also need to gather the tools and materials listed above – plus on a side-note, its best to keep pets and children out of the room during the entire refinishing process, as it is important to avoid scratching or smudging the coating as it dries.
  2. Remove everything from your worktops and inspect them carefully for any ‘structural’ or superficial damage. To get the best result from any transformation work, the surface needs to be sound in appearance and build. Small burns scratches and blemishes will be coated over easily, so there’s no need to treat these separately – however, areas with excessive caulk (such as near the wall or around the sink) should be scraped off with a putty knife or paint scraper. Cracks where worktops meet at the corner, along with dents and chips, will need to be filled before you start:
    1. To repair – lightly sand the spot first with a medium grit sandpaper and use a 2 part epoxy filler to fill in the area.
    2. Let the area dry and then sand flush to the surrounding area.
    3. Wipe down the worktops and clean thoroughly with soap and water to remove dirt and grease, and let dry.
  3. Wearing protective glasses, a dust mask and gloves, use the diamond embedded sanding tool included with your kit to thoroughly sand the entire surface:
    1. To use this special tool properly place both hands on it, press down firmly and sand in a circular motion. Continue sanding until your entire worktop is completely de-glossed.
    2. Remove any dust with a vacuum or dustpan and brush. Then wipe down your worktops with a damp, lint free cloth and allow them to dry. If you see dust on your hand after wiping the surface be sure to wipe the worktop again.
    3. Repeat as often as necessary until all sanding dust is removed.
  4. Mask off all areas of your worktop, including the edges of your sink, cabinets and walls. Begin by stirring and pouring a portion of the base coat into a clean paint tray. Working from back to front use a 15mm synthetic brush to apply an even coat of base coat to the splash back – be sure to ensure that your coverage includes 2.5 to 5cm of the flat worktop surface (this will prevent your roller from accidentally bumping into the splash-back when rolling.)
  5. Apply an even coat to the area around the sink:
    1. Once you have a nice even coat, lightly brush over it to ensure a smooth even finish.
    2. Using one of the rollers, apply an even coat of base coat to the worktop surface and front edge.
    3. After the initial coat, let dry for at least 2 to 4 hours before applying a second coat.
    4. Once the 2nd coat is touch dry and before it completely dries, be sure to remove the tape by first scoring it along the edges.
    5. Once you’ve finished the 2 base coats, leave it overnight before you commence the final step.
  6. Again, mask (re-tape) off all areas of your worktop including the edges of your sink, cabinets and walls. Before applying your top coat, check for chips – and if you see any, grab a small paint brush and paint over.
    1. Also, it’s important to check for any dust – give the worktop a wipe down with a damp, lint-free cloth and allow it to dry.
  7. While wearing gloves and protective eye-wear, carefully pour the entire contents of the top coat ‘part 2 activator’ into the top coat ‘part 1 base’ and thoroughly mix with the provided stir stick for at least 2 minutes. Once mixed, the protective top coat must be used within 4 hours:
    1. Pour a portion of the mixture into a clean paint tray and begin to simply work back to front as you did with the base coat.
    2. First use a 50mm synthetic paint brush to generously apply an even coat to the splash back.
    3. As with the base coat, be sure as you brush the splash back you include 2.5 to 5cm of the flat worktop surface to ensure a smooth transition.
    4. Once you’ve coated the entire surface, lightly brush back over it to ensure a smooth, even finish.
  8. Next, using the 2nd roller, apply the protective top coat to the entire flat surface and front edges of the worktop:
    1. The brush can be used for tight areas where the roller doesn’t fit.
    2. Once complete, lightly re-roll the entire surface in one direction – just like you did with the base coat – to ensure a smooth, even finish.
    3. Allow worktops to dry for 4 to 6 hours.
    4. Score the smooth painters tape along the edges, then carefully remove.
    5. Wait 48 hours before resuming light use of the worktops.
      1. Light use includes placing items on the worktops that weigh less than 2 kg.
    6. Let the worktops cure for at least one week before you resume full use.

No special care is needed for your new worktop, so maintaining it is simple – to clean the surface, use a damp cloth or sponge and a mild soap or non abrasive cleaner.


  1. Under item 5 you say’ “after 2nd coat is touch dry score and remove the tape”.
    You then say in item 8, “score and remove tape”. But one has already removed it under item 5????
    Can you advise me before I purchase the Rustoleum worktop paint.

    • Good morning Rod,

      Thank-you for pointing this out, and I will update and amend the article to reflect the following point – After removing the tape after applying the basecoat, re-apply the tape before commencing with the topcoat, to add continued protection.

      Is there anything else I can help you with on this task, Rod?

      Best regards.


  2. Hi I am considering using the worktop transformation kit for my kitchen – however white will be too white and black too black is it possible to add black to white for a dark charcoal colour? Or red to white for pink? Thank you


    • Good morning Colette,

      The answer is no I’m afraid. These transformation kits are not tintable and are only available in the specified colours.

      If there’s anything else we can help with, please do let us know and good luck with your project.

      Best regards.


  3. Hi,

    do you know if Rustoleum have any plans to start selling a version of the Countertop Transformation kits that they market in the US here in the UK. Like the previous poster, I want to renovate my worktops but I am looking for something other than plain black or white. Thank you for your help.

    Best wishes


    • Good afternoon Lesley,

      I’m afraid that at the moment the Countertop Transformation Kit is not available in the UK, yet. There’s also no other colours available for the Worktop Transformation Kit, and no topcoats that can be used instead of what is contained within the kit.

      Worktops are a very difficult area to paint, and Rust-Oleum have produced a fantastic product here – which will hopefully be expanded upon with new colours.

      Apologies that this great product doesn’t meet all of your requirements.

      If there’s anything else we can help with, please don’t hesitate to keep in contact.

      Best regards.


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