- Instant Granite Installation Instructions
- Hand-Held Squeegee (black & white rectangular tool)
Recommended Household Tools
- Scissors or X-ACTO Knife
- Tape Measure or a Straight Edge Ruler
- Pencil or Pen
- Hair Dryer or Heat Gun
Ease of Care
- The base material for Instant Granite is a high-quality, calendared PVC vinyl.
- Make sure to treat this material like you would any laminate or Melamine countertop.
- Avoid cutting directly on top of the material.
- Use non-abrasive cleaners to care for your Instant Granite countertop.
- The material will melt at 190 degrees Fahrenheit, so make sure to use trivets when preparing foods or other items.
Prepare the Application Surface
- Instant Granite adheres to any smooth surface.
- It is essential that the surface is dust-free. Clean the surface thoroughly with 409, Windex, or other household cleaners.
- Make sure the surface is completely dry. Rough surfaces should be sanded smooth and cleaned prior to applying.
- If there is a texture on the surface this may show through the film. (ie: orange peel texture, hair line scratches).
- Cut the size of piece to the size you need. It is easier to leave some extra material over the edges to come back and trim later.
- When decorating larger surface areas, remove 6 inches of backing paper and line it up at the edge / end of the counter. Make sure the material is pulled taught when you begin applying; otherwise, a crease may occur during the install.
- Smooth down this initial section first. The Instant Granite “No-Bubble” adhesive has a distinctive pattern that will allow air to escape through the channels.
- Slowly and evenly remove the backing paper with one hand, and progressively smooth down the film with the other hand. Always smooth from the center to the edges. The goal is to push the air out from the center towards the edges/front.
- For best results smooth with a soft cloth or plastic squeegee which allows you to flatten out any air bubbles or creases. If an air bubble larger than a quarter occurs, carefully peel the material back and reapply. If you pull the material UP, it may stretch the material.
- Always try to pull the material back, along the surface of the counter. If the material does stretch, warm it up with a hair-dryer on high, or a heat gun on low, this will return the material to its original shape.
- Should air bubbles form nonetheless, just prick them with a pin and flatten out, or simply push them towards the edges. And if the film has been applied crookedly, no problem: since full adhesion first occurs after several hours, the crooked film can be carefully removed without stretching and reapplied correctly.
Edges & Corners
- We recommend using a heat gun or hair dryer for this application to make it easier.
- To apply Instant Granite cleanly and exactly on edges and corners, overlap the edges by ½ inch. Then, using a sharp knife, cleanly cut along the edge and lightly rub the cut with a finger-nail.
- If you prefer to apply around an edge, carefully wrap the film around pressing lightly while warming the material with a heat gun or hair dryer. The heat releases the tension and the Instant Granite adheres firmly to the edge.
- You can either trim along the bottom edge of the counter, or wrap it under the counter if the surface is smooth. If the underside of the counter is rough (like particle board), you can use caulk or liquid nails to keep it in place.
Installing the Backsplash
- You can attempt to install the counter and backsplash in one piece. This is more difficult, but doable.
- If you choose this method, you will want to use caulk / adhesive in the corner under the material to keep it tucked tightly inside the corner. Otherwise, we recommend using the excess material from the counter to cover the backsplash.
- If you use 2 pieces for the counter & backsplash, you will want to caulk on top of the material inside the corner to keep the pieces together and to hide any imperfections in your seam. This also prevents water from seeping between the seam over time.
Finishing the Install
- You will want to caulk around your sink. This will prevent water from getting underneath as well as hiding any imperfections in your trimming around the sink.
- If you did not overlap seams but instead abutted them together, you will want to put some clear silicone chalk / adhesive under the seam to keep them together. However, we do recommend overlapping the material.
- If you pass over the material with the hair-dryer / heat-gun ON LOW, this will slightly shrink the material creating a tighter fit. This will also discourage air-bubbles from forming and minimize any creases or imperfections. Do not overheat the material at this point. It may distort the material.
- Just pull it off! It’s that simple.