Quartz countertops are a popular choice for kitchen and bathroom remodeling projects due to their durability, low maintenance, and wide range of colors and patterns. However, over time you may wish to update the look of your quartz countertops by changing their color. Here is an overview of the options available for altering the color of existing quartz countertops.
Can You Paint or Stain Quartz Countertops?
Quartz is an engineered composite material made from crushed quartz bound together with resin. Unlike natural stone, quartz countertops have a uniform all-the-way-through color and pattern. This makes them extremely difficult to paint or stain in a way that looks natural.
Painting quartz will result in a plastic-like painted surface that tends to chip and scratch off over time. Staining quartz rarely penetrates below the surface and often leaves blotchy, uneven results. For these reasons, painting or staining are not recommended ways to change quartz countertop colors.
Using Quartz Colorspray
A better option for altering the color of quartz countertops is using a temporary color changing spray. Colorspray for quartz comes in several colors and goes on as a thin coat to temporarily change the look of your existing quartz. Here are some tips for using quartz colorspray:
- Clean countertops thoroughly before application. Remove all debris, dirt, oil etc for proper adhesion.
- Mask off walls, sinks, faucets etc with painter’s tape to avoid getting spray on other surfaces.
- Shake can vigorously for 60 seconds before spraying. Hold 10-12 inches above surface and apply light even coats.
- Multiple thin coats allow the color to build up gradually. Let dry 10 minutes between coats.
- Top coat with a clear acrylic sealer spray once desired color is achieved. This protects the finish.
- Reapply spray every 1-2 years or when signs of wear appear. Clean surface again before reapplying.
Colorspray allows you to easily change up your quartz countertops with minimal effort. It can be removed with acetone or another quartz-safe cleaner when desired. Exercise caution when using acetone around countertop seams.
Professional Quartz Color Change
For a permanent color change, professional refinishing or replacement is required. Quartz fabricators have methods for altering the color of existing quartz, but the process is labor-intensive. Here’s an overview:
- Countertops are sanded down to expose the bare quartz subsurface. This removes the original resin layer and pattern.
- The quartz is then re-stained to the new color with penetrating resin dyes. Multiple treatments are done for an even color.
- Finally, clear resin coats are applied to seal and protect the finish. The surface is re-polished to a glossy look.
This professional process permanently alters the color and pattern of your quartz. The end result looks seamless and integrated, not layered or refinished. Cost is comparable to new quartz but avoids replacement.
New Quartz Countertop Installation
For a complete color change, replacement with brand new quartz slabs is the other option. Professionals will remove and dispose of your existing quartz. New slabs are selected, cut, polished, and installed. Here are some tips for new quartz installation:
- Select slabs from a supplier that allow you to see the full slab and pattern. This avoids surprises.
- Check that your cabinet layout allows you to seam the new slabs properly. Minimize seams.
- Use a qualified fabricator/installer. Confirm experience with quartz specifically.
- Expect to pay $80-150 per square foot installed for mid-range quartz options. Higher end natural stone will be more.
- New installation usually takes 1-2 days with cure time for adhesives. Stay out of the kitchen during this process.
While a more labor intensive process, new quartz offers the most complete color change. You also get warranty protection compared to altering existing materials.
FAQ About Changing Quartz Countertop Color
Here are answers to some frequently asked questions about changing the color of quartz countertops:
Can I change my quartz countertop from dark to light color?
Yes, it is possible to go from dark quartz to a lighter color using professional refinishing or new quartz installation. Note that drastic color changes may require more intensive processes.
What are the risks of trying to DIY paint my quartz?
DIY painting often leaves brushed stroke marks, visible seams between colors, and uneven coverage leading to a visually unappealing result. Paint also tends to chip and scratch off quartz surfaces with use over time. Professional processes yield much better results.
Does changing the color damage the durability of my quartz?
Generally no. Professional refinishing maintains the strength and performance of the underlying quartz. New quartz installation also provides long lasting durability and warranty protection. The exception would be DIY paints or stains which can degrade over time.
Can you change just one section of my quartz countertop color?
It is possible but challenging. Because quartz is uniform through, just changing one section results in a clear line of demarcation between old and new colors. For best results, full tops need refinished or replaced uniformly.
How long does a quartz color change process take?
Temporary colorspray can be done in an afternoon. Professional refinishing often takes 1-2 days. New quartz fabrication and installation typically takes up to 1 week but can vary based on the specific project.
Quartz offers versatility in changing up the look and color scheme of your kitchen or bath over time. Temporary colorspray allows quick changes when desired. For permanent options, professional refinishing or new quartz installation offer quality color change results. Carefully consider which option best fits your goals, timeline and budget constraints. With some planning, you can successfully change the color of your quartz countertops.