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Can Granite Film Really Fool The Eye?

Want the look of granite without the expense? Take a look at this great new product that you can apply in one afternoon!

In one of my earlier posts I blogged about kitchen remodeling and countertop choices. I had such a overwhelming response that I thought it would be a great idea to elaborate on the product and technique.  As one of the newest items to hit the kitchen design scene, faux granite film that can be applied to your countertop much like contact paper.  It is, however, much easier to work with and very durable.  The following article and video will help you decide if this faux countertop is right for your kitchen makeover.  For your added information Ubatuba is type of granite which is primarially green and black in color and usually can be found in granite tiles in 1cm and 2-3cm slabs.  It is the most cost effective real granite product.  So is this faux granite film cost effective?  You betcha!  Enjoy!  Linda

"We install a vinyl granite film on an old countertop to see if faux really is fabulous. Here’s what we discovered.

Dying to give your house some high-end glam at bargain basement prices? Welcome to our ongoing “Why You Should Fake It” series on faux products that mimic the look of big-ticket items.

Today, we look at vinyl adhesive sheets that aim to give your old countertops the look of polished granite for a fraction of the cost of the real thing.

OK, we were skeptical, too. So we tried it out for ourselves.

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The problem: An old solid-surface countertop in my mudroom/office.

The fix: EZ Faux imitation granite adhesive film.

I had salvaged the countertop during a demolition project a few years ago, and it has annoyed me ever since. It’s scratched, rust-stained, and generally sad-looking. I’ve been dying to replace it, but real granite isn’t in my budget. Actually, no “real” material is in my budget, so a good-looking fake for less than $100 seemed ideal, if too good to be true.

I ordered 18 square feet of the Ubatuba-style film, which arrived in a roll along with a plastic squeegee tool and a utility knife.

Since I have a times-three learning curve on most DIY projects, I opted for a “wet” install, which requires spritzing the film and countertop so you can reposition the film when you don’t get it right the first — or second — try.

For the most part, the install was easy. I wiped the surface clean with a microfiber cloth, measured and cut the film around the sink — I didn’t want to take the thing out — then smoothed the film over the countertop. Working from the middle to the edges, I ran the smoothing tool along the film and easily removed most of the puckers.

Only the edges gave me trouble. The film didn’t adhere to the underside of the lip, and covering the right angles where the two sides meet was messy, like trying to make a wrapped package look like a solid block.

But, customer service told me to heat up the film with a hair dryer, which softened it and allowed it to grasp the lip. I got creative and made a few patches, filled in gaps with a black Sharpie, and solved the messy edge problem. The whole install took about an hour.

When the sun hits the surface at a certain angle, you can see a few bubbles and puckers and realize it’s not real granite. But when the sun hits me at a certain angle, I don’t look so good, either.

Compared to my old countertop, the new faux top looks 100% better. In fact, after I finished the install, a neighbor dropped by and oohed and aahed and thought it was real Ubatuba.

You can buy the film online at Appliance Art, the manufacturer, or EZ Faux. A 3-by-6-foot roll is $60; a 3-by-12-foot roll is $95.

So, for the price of a nice dinner, I’ve got a nicer counter. It’s not the real deal, but it was a real steal.

Have you installed a granite film on a countertop? How’d it go?"

By: Lisa Kaplan Gordon

Published: March 9, 2012

Reprinted from House Logic with permission of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®.  Copyright 2012.  All rights reserved.

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Linda Kemp April 02, 2012 at 08:07 PM
Hi Patricia, There are a few manufacturers out there. If you client is having a problem with standing water and scratching then I suggest she contact the manufacture and file a formal complaint. The faux granite is supposed to be water proof and scratch resistant. There are cheaper versions out there that might be giving faux granite film a bad rap. Check out the following link and tell me what you think: http://ezfauxdecor.com/index.html
Deb J June 07, 2012 at 07:31 PM
Hi Linda. I was just wondering how this product responds to grease and heat since I will be applying in a kitchen? What if someone accidentally sits something hot on it or something with legs like a crockpot? What has been your experience. I am trying to decide between using this product, a new laminate or a granite overlay. Thank you.
Linda Kemp June 11, 2012 at 09:26 PM
Hi Deb, before you do anything you might want to check out another company called Bedrock Creations--Kitchen in a Box Granite Countertops. They offer yet another solution for a granite look but with some extra finishing touches. As far as heat goes, I don't believe that film granite is meant to withstand temps of 122 degrees or above. You need to be mindful of the fact that granite film can not withstand high heat temps. Good luck with your renovations! Linda
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Francine Boutin October 18, 2013 at 05:53 PM
Hi Linda, I saw your video about countertop and I would like to know where I can buy this product, I am talking about Instant granit. I am leaving near Montreal and after many research I do not find anything like this. I hope you understand my request because I am french. Thank you very much. francineboutin@hotmail.com

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