The TotalBoat Black Epoxy Marble Effect Countertop Kit lets you resurface an old counter, table, or bar top to make it look just like sleek, black marble. This DIY kit features our TotalBoat TableTop Epoxyand Hardener, preferred for its clear color, self-leveling properties, and simple 1 to 1 mix ratio. It also includes pigments for the black top & marbling, mixing cups, stir sticks, and heat gun at a great value compared to purchasing items separately!
It’s easy to make a striking black marble effect with epoxy in just a few simple steps! This kit comes with the tools and simple instructions you need to resurface an old countertop, table or bar so it looks just like elegant, exotic (expensive!) black marble. When you’re done, your friends won’t be able to tell your handiwork from Nero Marquina, a classic rich, black marble with distinctive veins.
Simple Instructions for Creating a Black Epoxy Marble Effect Countertop
Even if you’ve never used epoxy before, you’ll find it easy to follow these simple steps to create your own beautiful black marble countertop with our clear TotalBoat TableTop Epoxy and epoxy tints!
What You’ll Need:
TotalBoat Black Epoxy Marble Effect Countertop Kit
Personal safety gear, such as disposable gloves, proper respirators & protection for eyes, skin, and clothing
STEP 1 – LAY OUT YOUR MATERIALS
Put on gloves & other personal protection; work in a well-ventilated area.
This project is messy – cover your work area with plastic.
Before you begin, put all your materials within easy reach.
STEP 2 – LEVEL & PREP YOUR TOP
Use a level to make sure your countertop surface is level.
Scuff-sand the surface with 80-200 grit sandpaper. Grit depends on surface type.
Remove sanding residue by wiping with acetone or isopropyl alcohol.
STEP 3 – FIGURE OUT HOW MUCH MIXED EPOXY YOU’LL NEED
To estimate how much epoxy you need, multiply: L x W x Epoxy Pour Depth = Cubic inches of epoxy
Then look at the conversions in the following list to find out how much mixed TotalBoat TableTop Epoxy you’ll need.
1 quart of mixed epoxy = 57.75 cubic inches
2 quarts of mixed epoxy = 115.5 cubic inches
3 quarts of mixed epoxy = 173.25 cubic inches
1 gallon of mixed epoxy = 231 cubic inches
STEP 4 – MIX EPOXY & TINT IT BLACK FOR THE SEAL COAT
Combine 1 part TotalBoat TableTop Epoxy and 1 part TableTop Hardener, by volume (100:83, by weight), in a clean mixing cup.
Stir thoroughly 2-3 minutes; pour into a second cup and stir for 2-3 minutes.
Add a few drops of black pigment dispersion, until mixture is black.
STEP 5 – APPLY A THIN SEAL COAT
Pour a thin 1/16″ seal coat of black mixed epoxy onto the surface, and spread evenly.
Wait for the epoxy seal coat to set up and be tack-free before applying your flood coat.
STEP 6 – MIX MORE EPOXY FOR A FLOOD COAT & FOR THE MARBLING PIGMENTS
Mix enough epoxy for a 1/8″ black flood coat, plus some for silver, dark gray, and light gray marbling and veins.
Pour a small amount of mixed epoxy into three cups; tint one silver, another one light gray, and tint the third one dark gray.
Reserve the largest amount of clear epoxy for the flood coat. Tint it solid black with black pigment dispersion.
STEP 7 – POUR THE BLACK EPOXY FLOOD COAT
Pour the black mixed epoxy flood coat onto the surface.
Spread evenly over the surface to a depth of 1/8″.
Be sure to cover the edges with the black epoxy (you can use your gloved fingers to do this).
STEP 8 – APPLY THE MARBLING EFFECT WITH THE SILVER, LIGHT GRAY & DARK GRAY MIXED EPOXIES
Drizzle random lines of silver mixed epoxy on the top and sides.
Use a clean, small mixing stick or chip brush to control the lines of silver epoxy.
Apply alternating lines of silver and of the light and dark grays, as desired.
STEP 9 – FEATHER IN THE MARBLING
Feather in the silver and gray epoxy lines using your gloved fingertips or the chip brush.
To loosen up the feathered lines, wave a heat gun quickly back and forth 2-3 inches above the surface. This will pop bubbles in the epoxy and help move the marbling, as desired.
STEP 10 – CREATE ‘VEINS’ WITH THE DARKER MIXED EPOXY
Use a clean, small mixing stick to apply thin lines of the light gray or dark gray mixed epoxy on top of the silver feathered areas to appear as darker veins in the marble.
Use a heat gun to manipulate the veins. You can push the colors over each other easily using the heat gun.
STEP 11 – ADJUST THE MARBLING EFFECT, AS DESIRED
You may wish to add more black epoxy over the top of some veins or to rework some areas by adding more veins and repeating the process.
If needed, mix more epoxy and tint, as desired.
Use the heat gun to blend any additions. Continue until you’re satisfied with the effect.
Now you can let the epoxy cure completely & go to Step 13, or let the epoxy cure until tack-free & go to Step 12 (APPLY A CLEAR COAT).
STEP 12 – (OPTIONAL) APPLY A CLEAR COAT OF MIXED EPOXY
Add even more shine by applying a clear coat.
Mix enough TableTop Epoxy resin and hardener to cover the top and sides to a 1/8″ depth.
Wave the heat gun back and forth quickly, 4-6 inches above the surface to remove air bubbles and move the veins around to enhance the marble effect.
STEP 13 – REMOVE CURED EPOXY DRIPS UNDERNEATH
Allow 5-7 days for the surface to harden completely.
Use a sander to remove any unwanted dried epoxy droplets from the bottom edge.
IMPORTANT: Be sure to wear protective gloves and a proper respirator when sanding cured epoxy.
PUT YOUR BEAUTIFUL TOP TO GOOD USE!
Place your items on the cured countertop, and get ready to show it off!
IMPORTANT: Do not place items hotter than 125°F on the cured surface or it will discolor and become distorted.
High-gloss, pourable epoxy
Simple 1 to 1 mix ratio, by volume
Self-levels as it cures
Apply to properly prepared wood, Corian®, Formica®, laminates, ceramic tile, butcher block, cultured marble, and traditional granite surfaces
Kit Sizes: TotalBoat Epoxy Black Marble Effect Countertop Kits are available in a 2-Quart Kit (1 Quart TotalBoat TableTop Epoxy Resin Part A, and 1 Quart TableTop Hardener Part B), and a Gallon Kit (1/2 Gallon TableTop Epoxy Resin Part A, and 1/2 Gallon TableTop Hardener Part B)