Ok - first of all - THANK YOU! The comments have been so sweet that I am blown away. I am so new to this blogging thing and I have to admit prior to today, my followers consisted of my sisters and a few friends. Now I have REAL PEOPLE! Persons I don't even know who are interested in what I have to say - its crazy awesome. LMAO! I have blog friends and it is wonderful. Thank you for making this so fun!
Secondly - I have no idea really what I am doing. So, with that being said, if you want to put the pics and information on your blogs, etc then go right ahead. Someone asked me to post on their blog - if you tell me HOW to do that, I will be more than happy to comply. I feel like such a blog dork and I totally need you blog experts to help me along. Thank you!
Now to the questions and comments....
Most of the information I had ascertained was from Google. The site that gave me the final oomph to just dive in and get started was http://www.thriftyfun.com/. The pictures and discussions on that website were awesome. I was on that website everyday throughout every step of the process. It was like my support group. :-)
1. The Blow Torch! I was ok with the whole process until I read that I needed a blow torch to hold over the bubbles that wold come up through the poly within the first hour of pouring. WHAT? I bought a blow torch for $10 and I used it only because it was really cool! The bubbles were really not an issue for me. Yes, that was part of the $115 cost. Think of the bubbles like when you are making pancakes - they bubble up and you need to pop them with heat so they don't dry in the finish. You simply turn it on and move it slowly a few inches above the surface where bubbles may appear. If you see bubbles you simply move the blow torch over it until it pops. You do not want to touch the bubble because if you leave a mark, you won't have the smooth as glass finish. One woman posted that while her Envirotek was wet, her cat jumped up on the counter and then ran through the house. She had to start all over again. Be careful!
2. Edges/Backsplash! Yes, these are a little tricky. When you pour, you want to pour in the middle of the counter and spread the solution to the corners and the edges. You have a good 10 minutes to move it around before it starts to set. Make sure every piece of the countertop is covered and then go back and level. Slowly move it out to the edges and keep applying and re-applying. After about 15 minutes, it will begin to set. As long as the edges are covered, they will shine. Just make sure you didn't miss any spots. IF you get drips on the bottom of the edge, try to wipe when wet. If not, you simply have to file them off when they have dried.
The backsplashes are a little more difficult. Again make sure you pour on the ledge and then let it run down the front. Make sure all surfaces are covered. It will pool at the bottom where it meets the counter. Take the throw-away paint brush sponges - I found for thi task, the wide ones worked the best. Just keep bringing the up the liquid from the pool and brush it up onto the backsplash. It will take a while for it to stick and once it gets tacky you are good. Keep your area size manageable.
Think of your kitchen now. Do you really stand there and examine every square inch of your counters? No. And once this is done, you still won't. Mine are not perfect and yet I can hardly notice a spot which was a little thinner or where I poured over a clump of glitter. By the time you get back to normalcy in the kitchen, as long as you covered every part of the countertop - you won't even think about any glitches. You will be so thrilled with result that an imperfection here and there will be just fine. Hope this helps! Good luck!