Frequently Asked Questions

What Do Epoxy Resin Countertops Protect Against?

Epoxy resin has chemical resistant properties, heat resistance, and is commonly used in a laboratory environment. Contact us for a datasheet.

What do Phenolic Resin Countertops protect against?

Phenolic resin is offered in three different grades Standard, Chemical, and Fire Rated also commonly used in laboratories as well many other industries.

Can Epoxy Resin Countertops Be Used in a Commercial Kitchen or Food Service Environment?

Yes, epoxy resin is NSF certified.

How Big of a Crew Do I Need to Install a Counter Top?

Always have two or more as resin tops can be heavy depending on the size and/or thickness.

Recommended Supplies for Cleaning Epoxy Resin Countertops

Acetone or paint thinner, Crystal Simple Green, White Scotch Brite pads (moist or wet), Finish Oil (Mineral Oil) Clean rags or sponges, Chamois Cloth, mild soap or household cleaner.

Recommended Supplies for Cleaning Phenolic Resin Countertops

Same as Epoxy Resin countertops.

What Costs More? Epoxy or Phenolic

Both are very close in price, but Phenolic is usually less expensive.

What Is a Splash Guard (AKA Backsplashes)?

A backsplash or curb is typically 4”H and used to prevent small splashes of liquids or particles to the wall.

What Colors Do Resin Countertops Come in?

Black, White (2 types), Sand, Gray, Charcoal Gray, and Khaki.

Does resintops.net Offer Stainless Steel Countertops?

Yes please contact us for more info.

What About the Edge Detail?

Typically we offer 1/8” bevel edge or 3/16” machined radius edge. Marine Edge countertops are also available.

How Long Is the Delivery Process? In Other Words How Long Does It Take to Arrive?

Lead times can fluctuate depending on the time of the year. Usually, we can ship within 3-4 weeks but during the summer lead times increase.

I’m Not a Contractor. Can I Still Buy Products From You?

Yes, you can. In fact, our products are designed specifically with DIYers in mind. Everything we sell is available to the general public. However, we welcome contractors. If you’re a contractor, you can buy nearly everything you need from us for an incredible price.

Do You Ship Products Internationally?

Yes – we ship products across the globe.

Can I Use Epoxy Outdoors?

Epoxy should primarily be used indoors. This is because it is not UV stable. This means that prolonged exposure to UV rays may cause yellowing, weakness, and even delamination. Over time, this will negatively affect your project.

Are Epoxy Resin and Phenolic Resin Heat Resistant?

Epoxy resin is heat resistant, while phenolic resin has a fire rating. If you are interested in the specifics of the heat and fire resistance of these two resins, contact us for data sheets on the specifics of each. Our experts also can answer any questions you have about the two surfaces.

How Much Time Do I Have to Work With Adhesive Before It Sets?

If you are using a smooth-on adhesive to attach an epoxy resin countertop, your work time is approximately 20 minutes.

How Can I Cut Epoxy or Phenolic Resin While in the Field?

It is best to use diamond tooling while cutting epoxy resin. If you are cutting phenolic resin, a carbide blade or tip is best. It is important to remember that, as resins go, both of these are extremely hard.

How Much Adhesive Will I Need?

In order to ensure that the resin attaches properly, we recommend one pint of adhesive per 100 square feet of resin.

Is Epoxy Resin Porous?

No – part of what makes epoxy resin well-suited to use as a countertop material is the fact that it is not porous. However, there are variances in color and thickness. If you have further questions about the properties of either resin type, contact us for more information.

Can I Use an Epoxy Resin Countertop as a Cutting Surface?

While you can use an epoxy resin countertop to cut on, this is not recommended. This is because epoxy resin is not designed to resist scratches and knife marks. It is, however, designed to withstand exposure to most laboratory chemicals, water, and heat. Cutting on epoxy resin will not affect the surface’s performance, but cut marks will affect the appearance of epoxy resin.

How Heavy Are Epoxy Resin Countertops?

The heaviness of the countertop depends on the thickness. Approximate weights are as follows:

  • 1 1/4″ thick = 13 pounds per square foot
  • 1″ thick = 11 pounds per square foot
  • 3/4″= 9 pounds per square foot
Do Epoxy Resin and Phenolic Resin Countertops Come With Standard Drip Grooves?

It depends on the type of resin you’re purchasing. Epoxy resin comes with a standard drip groove, but if you are purchasing phenolic resin, you will need to request the drip groove.

What Is the Recommended Unsupported Distance for Epoxy Resin Countertops?

In order to ensure maximum stability and longevity of your countertop, it is recommended that you have no more than 36 inches of unsupported epoxy resin.