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on March 22, 2011
Well, let me start by saying we were just looking for a short-term solution for a pink-tiled bathroom. We plan on re-doing the bathroom within the next 2 -3 years, so almost anything was better than the pink tile. The tile in question was the toilet and sink surround of a very small bathroom, which went from floor to about halfway up the wall (I am guessing about 40sqft of surface give-or-take). We also have tile in EVERY window sill of our house (built 1947), and the bathroom project will determine if we refinish those as well (currently a yellow-looking whitish tile). Not sure if it'll make the cut as of yet.
I followed the instructions through the 2nd coat, and still had brush marks. I used the included brush (cheap, as other reviewers mentioned) gently for the 1st layer and spread it on thin. The 2nd layer, I used a foam brush (I tried to use the foam roller included, but it seem to leave too many bubbles). I can see where the product smooths out some with the 2nd layer, but it doesn't becoma completely smooth (at least not with the included brush and a foam brush) - you could still see brush marks. Also, I still saw some pink through the layers after the 2nd coat.
So, this is where I deviated a little. The instructions said to wait for curing for 5 days, then apply a 3rd coat using a new kit. Well, I didn't want to wait or put the extra money into my dumpy small bathroom anyway. So, I put the can and brush in the freezer a 2nd night and pulled them out again for a 3rd coat. This time, I used a the 3' foam roller included in the kit (worth noting - the foam roller is cheap, too, and it sheared appeard and broke to a 1.5" roller just as I was finishing up my first coat using it). It seemed to get full coverage and even out the brush marks a little (from a little experiment, I found that it looks like brushing in one direction for the 1st coat, and the perpendicular direction on the 2nd coat, that, too, may reduce visible brush marks a little)... but there appears to be bubbles, so I guess I'll see how that turns out over the next few hours/days.
A few notes: Epoxy is terribly runny. I made a huge mess from drip off the brushes and rollers as I was painting even though I was trying to be careful. 2) I was able to scrub off some drip on other ceramic tile with a stainless steal pad. 3) 2nd coat seems to go on thicker no matter how you approach it. 4) You NEED a respirator (as others have mentioned). 5) With wondows open, fans blowing, etc, it took a few hours to dissappate (We were abke to sleep in adjoining room about 4 hours after I had finished. 5) I seemed to get a lot of bubbles in my brush/roller after dipping a few times into provided paint tray. 6) When I went to reuse the included brush the 2nd day, I git a lot of hardened pieces of epoxy coming off and onto my paintng surface - very frustrating. Maybe a fresh brush would've been a better idea. 7) CAn was enough to do 3 coats for a small area (40sqft or so).
Overall, a fine product. But I wouldn't recommend using it if you are expecting something that will look good as new close-up. If you want professionallooking results, you have to go professional, and based on my sweat equity and all involved, I'd pay at least $350 for that! =)