Frequently Asked Questions

Why Giani?

Easy & affordable DIY countertop makeover kits! Giani allows you to transform your existing countertops to the look of natural stone in just one weekend. A simple 3-step process, with all the tools included!

  • 1 Kit covers 35 square feet or 16 running feet of standard 24" wide counters - which is the average amount of countertop area in a kitchen.
  • All Giani products are water-based, safe, and low odor. 
  • Giani is protected with a high-gloss, durable, automotive-grade clear acrylic topcoat.             
  • Each Giani Kit color is adjustable to your decor - paint to your preference!
  • Hides any existing stains, scratches, or burns.
  • Designed to lock out moisture and resist bacteria - making clean up a breeze!

What can and cannot Giani be used on?

​Giani can be used on: 

  1. Formica countertops and vanities
  2. Laminate countertops and vanities
  3. Corian countertops - see note below
  4. Butcher block countertops
  5. Tile with grout lines - see note below
  6. Cultured marble vanities
  7. One piece sink and counter vanities
  8. Primed or painted wood - see note below
  9. Primed or painted drywall
  10. Cabinet inlays
  11. Table tops
  12. Mantels

Note on Corian countertops:

Be sure to remove any clear silicone caulk used in the seam at the bottom of your backsplash and around your sink before applying Giani.  As with all coatings, Giani will not adhere to silicone.  After cutting and peeling up any clear silicone caulk, wipe up any remaining residue with rubbing alcohol. Let it dry, then proceed with the standard Giani process. In addition, you will need to de-gloss your corian surface before applying the Giani primer.  Simply rough it up with a very fine grit #600 sand paper and wipe it clean with a damp cloth.  Allow to dry.  You may re-apply acrylic or latex caulk in the seam at the bottom of your backsplah after you've completed the Giani process. 

Note on Ceramic Tile countertops:

First, clean the tile to ensure it's free of all residue. Use SOS® or Brillo® pads and then wipe with a damp cloth.  Rinse the surface with water to ensure all residue is removed. Next, use a fine grit silicon carbide sand paper to lightly rough up your tile surface. Wipe up the sanding dust with a damp cloth and allow to dry.

What about countertops where the sink and countertop are molded together as one piece?

Create a line where the sink bowl would end and the countertop would begin (which is usually about an inch down from the top of the bowl) by running a strip of Frog's Painter's Tape or 3M Painter's Tape for Delicate Surfaces around your bowl. Use #600 grit sand paper to rough up your sink above the tape line.  Wipe up the sanding dust and allow to dry. Apply Giani above the tape to create a countertop edge.  Do not apply Giani below this line and into the bottom of the sink as it is not designed for submerged surfaces.

Giani on Wood

Giani may be used on wood.  The key is to ensure that your wood surface is as smooth as possible before applying the Giani primer.  Plywood is a very challenging surface because its natural wood grain will typically telegraph through the final finish.  As an alternative, you may use particle board or MDF board. Be sure to apply one or two coats of a good oil primer to the particle board before applying the Giani primer. Apply the wood primer with a foam roller for ultra smooth finishes because thicker nap rollers will leave a textured finish.    

 

Giani may be used outside, if under a covering. 

DO NOT use on surfaces which may be submerged in water.
 

Giani CANNOT be used on: 

  • Sink bowls
  • Bathtubs
  • Shower walls and floors

Giani, as with all water-based technologies, is not designed for surfaces that will be submerged in water.

How do you apply it?

Giani was developed as an easy and fun experience to allow your creative flair to come out.  

It's complete with pre-packaged minerals, a unique primer that adheres to laminate, an extremely hard, clear topcoat and all of the necessary tools assembled for you in one convenient kit.

So now, regardless of your painting experience, you can quickly and easily create a stunning Giani granite countertop that locks out moisture and resists bacteria.

For a detailed look on how to apply Giani, check out our Video How-To pages, or continue reading below for the key application steps.  

To view the many colors of Giani, check out our Photo Galleries
 

1) How long does it take?

You'll transform an average size kitchen from start to finish, in a weekend.

Your actual painting time will be approximately 4 hours.  Drying time is relatively 16 hours.   

Coverage is 35 square feet of countertop and is equivalent to about 16 running feet of standard 24 inch wide countertops.

2) What are the key steps to apply it?

a) Clean your countertops with an SOS or Brillo pad to remove any old grease, dirt, or wax.  Rinse off the cleaner with a damp cloth a few times.  Do not use any other cleaner because it may leave a residue.

b) Mask off your backsplash, sink, and dishwasher.  You may use 3M's Painters Tape "for Delicate Surfaces" as this tape won't bleed through.  Remove any existing silicone caulk because the Giani primer, as with all coatings, will not adhere to silicone caulk.

c) Shake and Stir well your included Giani primer and then edge in around your backsplash and sink.  Next, roll the primer on your countertops in 3-foot sections then roll back over what you just covered.  Do this using long, end-to-end, one-way, overlapping, very light roll strokes to minimize any lap lines created by the roller.  Wait 8 hours for it to dry completely.

d) After the primer has dried and before starting, practice the sponging process with the included black poster board.  Purchase additonal black poster board if more practice is desired.

e) Sponge on the 3 pre-packaged minerals in 3-foot wide sections to allow them to blend while wet. Use a straight up and down motion.  **Note: the cans are not filled to the top because standardized cans were used.  Adequate volumes are provided to complete 35 square feet.

f) If desired, go back in and adjust color or add veins. 

With the Sicilian Sand kit, you may choose to go back and add flecks of black by using the included black primer and an artist brush.  Allow any added primer to dry for 8 hours before topcoating.

If you chose the Bombay Black kit, many Giani painters will add small flecks of the included Bronze mineral AFTER the first two mineral colors have dried because it intensifies the Bronze accent.

g) Roll on the clear topcoat. Do not go back in and re-roll the wet topcoat after you've applied it.  This may cause it to be uneven or leave dry spots. Wait 4 hours between layers of topcoat before re-applying.  After 1 hour, score your tape and carefully remove it by gently pulling it up and away.

h) Wait 12 hours and apply clear acrylic caulk around sink's rim to seal out water. 

i) Relax and enjoy your beautiful new Giani countertops!

Special Note:  You may use the Giani primer as a black mineral color
Yes, you may use the Giani IronCore Black Primer as a mineral color and sponge it over your wet or dry minerals if you need to bring more of the black color back into your granite style.

When can I use my Countertops?

Wait 24 hours after the final topcoat layer before using your countertops and dishwasher. 

After 3 days, you may set light appliances back on your surface (such as a toaster, cutting board, knife holder), but it is recommended to wait the full cure time of 14 days before placing heavy appliances (such as a microwave) back on your counters. 

Full cure time for Giani is 14 days. While you can clean gently during this time we do not recommend cleaning aggressively until after the 14 day cure time. (Please note: We recommend only using soap and warm water to clean your counters, do NOT clean with harsh chemicals or household cleaners including vinegar.)

How do I care for my newly painted countertops?

Your new Giani countertop is just as durable as your car's exterior surface. But just like your car, you will need to take proper care of it to maintain it's life span. Even if you follow the application instructions to a T, your Giani may show signs of wear if you don't follow these proper care instructions.

Cleaning:

Giani's unique blend of polymers and minerals lock out moisutre and resist bacteria, making it simple to clean! We recommend using a mild anti-bacterial soap, warm water, and a soft cloth. Or, try our specialized Giani Cleaner! ​

Because of its unique polymers, do NOT use granite cleaners, alcohol, vinegar, Pine Sol, bleaches, ammonia, harsh household cleaners, polishes or scouring pads. The ingredients in such cleaning products contain alcohol ethoxylates, glycolic acid, acetic acid, and other harmful chemicals that can wear your surface down over time and effect Giani's durability.

Standing Water:

As the Giani Clear Topcoat is water-based, avoid standing water or trapped water under a dish for long periods. If you notice water on the sink, wipe it up immediately with a dry towel. If water has been trapped under a cup overnight and the surface has started to discolor, remove the cup and let the counter dry fully before touching the area. The topcoat will be in a weakened state and may easily scratch during this time. If allowed to fully dry, it will return to it's original hardness and all cloudiness will go back to looking like your original surface.

Hot Surfaces:

Do not put any pot or pan onto the countertop that came directly from the hot stove without the use of a hot pad.

Cutting Boards:

Always use a cutting board when chopping vegetables and meats. Using a sharp knife over Giani can scratch or cut into the surface.
 

If your Giani Granite ever receives a chip because of an intense impact from a sharp point, not to worry, it's easy to renew!

Simply follow the below quick 5-step process:

1. Lightly sand the blemish, and about an eighth of inch around it, with a very fine grit #600 sandpaper.  Wipe up the dust particles with a damp cloth and allow to dry.

2. Next, if it's down to the original countertop, use an artist brush or foam brush to touch up the area with the Giani black primer and allow it to dry for 8 hours.

3. Then, lightly cover the area with your Giani minerals using an artist brush or the tips of your sponge.  Allow the mineral touch-up to dry for 4 hours.

4. Finally, use your foam brush and cover the mineral touch-up and about a quarter of an inch around it with the Giani clear topcoat.

5. Allow the first topcoat touch-up to dry for 4 hours and then repeat.

Once its dried, your Giani top should be back in shape and looking beautiful!

Additional Reinforcement:

Over time, if you ever wish to add additional reinforcement to your Giani you may elect to apply a fresh layer of clear topcoat over your entire Giani Granite. To accomplish this, simply use a very fine grit #600 sandpaper and lightly 'degloss' your existing topcoat. **Note** You don't have to remove your existing topcoat.  Lightly sand it to knock down it's gloss and smooth it out.  Next, use a damp cloth to wipe up the sanding dust and allow it to dry before adding additional topcoat. Remember, after the reinforcement topcoat has been applied, your countertops will need to cure again. You may use your sink and dishwasher 24 hours after application, but wait 3 days before setting small appliances/decor back on the countertops. Do not clean aggressively within the 14 day cure time.

How durable is Giani?

**Please referrence our section "How Do I Care For My Newly Painted Countertops?" to read more on the proper care of your new countertops.** 

The Giani polymers are automotive grade resins that are used in the manufacture of car bumpers, so your countertop is extremely durable. 

Like most new water-based resin technologies, the cure time for Giani is approximately two weeks to achieve its full hardness.

Even though you may use your counters in 48 hours, don't aggressively scrub them for 2 weeks.

  1. Can it be scratched?
    Yes, just like granite and formica, it's not recommended for cutting or chopping. The difference is, if it is ever necessary, you can renew Giani quickly and easily.
     
  2. Will it stain?
    It can if strong contaminates, such as coffee, wine, fish oil, fragrance plug in spills, etc. are allowed to sit for a long period.
     
  3. How long will it last?
    With the proper care, it will last as long as any conventional countertop.
     
  4. Will it show fingerprints?
    No.  Unlike mined granite, Giani will not fingerprint because clear resin surrounds the minerals.
     
  5. Is it heat resistant?
    Yes, Giani is heat resistant up to 250F. As with formica, it is not designed for pots or pans directly from ovens or ranges.
     
  6. Can it be used outside?
    Yes, Giani is an automotive grade resin so it performs well outside.  However, Giani is not designed for surfaces that will be submerged in water.

How safe is it to apply?

Giani granite countertop surfaces are safe, water-based polymers and minerals that require the same basic precautions as most water-based coatings.

  1. How much does it smell?
    Giani water-based minerals may emit a mild odor but, once dry, it does not leave a trace on your counters.
     
  2. Does it contain any lead?
    No, Giani does not contain any lead.

    As a public service, all paint manufacturers have placed notices on their cans to warn consumers if they are removing old house paint to make sure the old house paint does not contain lead.
     
  3. Is it safe for food?
    Yes, once Giani fully cures, in approximately two weeks, it's safe for incidental food contact.

**Note: as with all countertop surfaces, all cutting and chopping food preparation should be done on a cutting board.

Should food or liquids be spilled on Giani, its polymers lock them out for easy removal.

What if your counter has a seam?

If your counter's seam is a thin line, like a scratch, then Giani granite will cover and hide it.

If your seam is a fairly wide gap, fill it in with a good wood patch.  Let the patch dry and sand it smooth until it's even with the rest of your counter.

Wipe away any sanded material and then follow the standard Giani process.  Soon, you'll have a seamless, beautiful Giani countertop!

What are the colors?

You may achieve endless colors with Giani because of the high number of potential combinations and blends from it's three minerals.

The pictures on the web site are examples of the standard granite colors achieved by following the kit's broad guidelines.  The links below will take to to our current kit colors as well as demonstration videos.

Chocolate Brown Kit

Sicilian Sand Kit

Bombay Black Kit

White Diamond Kit

Slate Kit

A few of the more common shades are brought about by adding extra amounts of any of the provided Giani minerals.  To acquire the granite color you desire, refine your combination on the included practice poster board.

The end result will be a beautiful Giani granite countertop that's unique to your kitchen!

Can you add in your own color?

Yes, you may add in colors from your decor as long as you use water-based acrylics due to their hardness.

Because it is impossible to check the compatibility between the Giani minerals and all acrylics, the acrylics and minerals must be allowed to dry for a longer time period. Additionally, be sure to dilute the acrylics with water so they match the consistency of the Giani minerals. 

Apply the Giani primer first and let it dry for the standard 8 hours. Next, sponge on water-based, acrylics of your choice and the Giani minerals. Let them dry for 12 hours and then apply the Giani topcoat.

Failure to wait the full 12 hours of drying time before topcoating, when using the water-based acrylics, will result in voiding the warranty.

 

When to use Caulk?

Before painting with Giani, remove any existing latex or silicone caulk.  We highly recommend NOT using paintable caulk before applying Giani as most dry times for paintable caulk are not accurate when used with Giani products and you may experience cracking.

After your final topcoat layer has dried for at least 12 hours, use any kitchen/bath acrylic caulk to seal around your sink's rim and where your backsplash meets your countertop.  We recommend using a Acrylic caulk that dries clear for around the sink. This step is essential in protecting your finish.  

 

Giani, Inc. Warranty

If you have an unused kit or materials that you would like to return, please contact Giani within 60 days of the day of purchase for a full refund, excluding shipping and handling.

Giani, Inc.

2216 North Broadway

St. Louis, Mo 63102

800-650-5699

 

In lieu of a refund, you may choose to receive a new Kit of the same value. Simply contact us at 800-650-5699 or email info@gianigranite.com for the exchange.

If you purchased your Giani Products from a retail store or an online marketplace other than gianigranite.com – then please return the materials to the place of purchase.

 

LIMITED MATERIAL WARRANTY

Giani,Inc. warrants, for a period of 12 months from the date of application, that its products are free from defects in materials and workmanship, when applied and maintained in accordance with proper surface preparation and application recommended by Giani.  After 12 months, customers are expected to maintain their counters and take the proper care as listed under the FAQs/Instructions and cover any damages that ensue if care is not maintained.

 

THIS WARRANTY DOES NOT COVER:

(1) Dissatisfaction, problems, or damage due to application or maintenance other than as recommended by Giani in its printed labels, and instructions

(2) Labor costs (as this is a DIY kit and designed to be used by anyone and does not require the use of a contractor/professional painter)

(3) Damage due to accidents or damage caused by chemicals not approved for exposure by Giani.

(4) Minor chips or wear from excessive impact or friction.

 

This warranty gives you specific legal rights. You may also have other rights that may vary from state to state. Giani’s sponge applicator is designed specifically to achieve the optimal granite finish. Failure to use this may void the Warranty.

How long does it take to deliver?

STANDARD SHIPPING

For orders over $50, we have a FREE shipping option for all domestic orders to the U.S. and U.S. territories. Our free shipping option may take 7 to 14 business days to arrive.

All standard orders are processed and shipped within 1 to 3 business days. Shipments typically arrive within 5-10 business days from the date of shipment.

Your package will be shipped via FedEx or United States Postal Service. Final delivery on select FedEx shipments may be made by the United States Postal Service. Once your package is shipped, you will receive a shipment notification via email with your tracking number and a link to the carrier's website to track your package. There will be no signature required upon delivery.
 

EXPEDITED SHIPPING OPTIONS

All expedited orders placed on business days (Monday through Friday) will be processed and shipped the next business day. If your order is placed on a Saturday, Sunday or postal holiday, it will ship the following business day.

Orders sent to P.O. boxes must be shipped via USPS and do not qualify for expedited shipping options.

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