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Can You Paint Granite Countertops?

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Can You Paint Granite Countertops?

Granite countertops are a popular choice among homeowners due to their beauty, durability, and resistance to heat and scratches. However, over time, granite countertops can start to show signs of wear and tear, which can lead homeowners to wonder if they can paint their countertops to give them a fresh new look.


It is very possible to paint granite countertops though it is not recommended. Granite is a natural stone that is very dense and non-porous, which means that it is difficult for paint to adhere to the surface. In addition, granite has a natural pattern and texture that will make it difficult to get a smooth and even finish.

If you do manage to paint your granite countertops, the results are likely to be for a short time. With everyday use, the paint will start to chip, peel, and wear away, leaving your countertops looking even worse than before.

ProTip Takeaway: Painting your granite countertops can void any warranty that came with the installation of the granite.

Why Paint Granite Countertops?

There are several reasons why a homeowner might consider painting their granite countertops. One reason could be that the current color or pattern of the granite does not fit with the homeowner’s style or decor preferences. Painting the countertops can help them achieve a new look that better suits their tastes.

Another reason could be that the granite countertop has become damaged over time by stains or scratches. Most times people choose to paint their granite because it offers a new way to get a fresh look without having to pay for new countertops. Painting the granite is seen as a quick and inexpensive way to cover up these imperfections.

It is advisable to explore other options for restoring or replacing granite countertops instead of painting them.

Why You Should Not Paint Granite Countertops

Granite countertops are not only stunning but also available in different colors and patterns that cannot be duplicated with other natural stones. They are also incredibly durable which makes them resistant to scratching, stains, and heat. These properties make granite an option that you can never go wrong with. That said it is not advisable to paint granite when they too start to look a little worn or obsolete and here’s why:

  • Adhesion Issues

Granite is a natural stone that is incredibly dense and non-porous, which means that it is difficult for paint to adhere to the surface. For the paint to stick, you will have to carefully prepare the surface by etching or roughing the granite. this will encourage adherence to the paint and can be done either chemically or mechanically. You will also have to apply a high-quality epoxy coating or professional polyurethane that is particularly designed for countertop use.

ProTip Takeaway: Even if you manage to apply the paint successfully, it will most likely chip or peel off over time, which will leave your countertops looking worse than before.

  • Durability

Granite countertops are valued for their durability and resistance to scratches and heat. Painting them can compromise their integrity and make them more prone to damage. Also, regardless of the kind of paint you use is not as durable as granite itself and is likely to crumble.

  • Appearance

The natural texture and pattern of granite make it difficult to get an absolutely smooth and even finish when painting. The result may look uneven, messy, or even unappealing. Also, paint is not completely water-resistant and can start getting stained and flaking off once it starts absorbing water.

Granite painting

  • Expensive 

Painting granite countertops is difficult to do without the right expertise, knowledge, and equipment. To get the job done right, it’s best to hire a professional to do the task which can be expensive.

The amount you will spend hiring an expert could be better used to replace your countertop completely. Purchasing a new countertop instead of trying to refinish your old one will transform your space more safely and aesthetically than a risky paint job.

  • Warranty Issues 

Painting your granite countertops may void any warranties that came with the installation of the granite. This means that if the countertops become damaged, you will be responsible for the cost of repair or replacement.

  • Safety Concerns

Some paints contain chemicals that can emit harmful fumes, especially when applied in a small space like a kitchen or bathroom. This can be a health hazard for you and your family.

Alternatives to Painting Granite Countertops

If you are unhappy with the look of your granite countertops, there are several alternative options to consider that will not damage the integrity of the stone. Here are a few options:

  • Resealing

Over time, the sealant on your granite countertops can wear away, which can leave the stone vulnerable to stains and damage. Resealing your granite countertops can restore the protective layer and make them look new again.


A contemporary kitchen renovation remodeling featuring a hardwood floor kitchen sink, appliances, and quartz countertop.

  • Honing and Polishing

Honing and polishing your granite countertops can restore their shine and smooth surface if they have become dull or scratched. A professional granite restoration company like Smart Remodeling LLC can perform these services, which involve using special tools and compounds to remove imperfections and restore the stone’s natural beauty.

  • Replacing

If your granite countertops are beyond repair, you might need to consider replacing them. This is a more expensive option but it will allow you to choose a new color, pattern, and style that better suits your tastes and needs.

If You Choose To Paint Your Granite Countertops

As previously mentioned, it is not recommended to paint granite countertops, as it can lead to several issues. However, if you’re willing to accept a bit of risk and paint your granite countertops, here are some steps you can take.

Clean the Countertops

Sand the Countertops

Apply Primer

Apply Paint

Apply Sealer

Use with Care

  • Clean the Countertops: Use granite cleaner to remove any dirt, grease, or other residues from the surface of the countertops. Use rubbing alcohol to remove all silicone caulking and clean up the residue.

Then, clean the countertops with degreasing soap and thoroughly rinse the granite with clean water to remove soapy remains that can prevent paint from adhering. Make sure to dry the surface thoroughly.

  • Sand the Countertops: Use fine-grit sandpaper to lightly sand the surface of the granite countertops. You can also use an electric sander will save you a lot of time and pain. This will help the primer and paint adhere better to the countertop surface. Remember to wipe away any dust or debris with a clean, dry cloth.

ProTip Takeaway: You can also roughen your granite countertops with a chemical etching product. However, these chemicals are very harsh so you will want to carefully follow the manufacturer’s instructions. 

  • Apply Primer: Once the countertop is sanded and clean, mask off any areas you don’t want to paint.

Apply a high-quality primer that is designed to stick to granite surfaces. Ensure the primer is compatible with the professional polyurethane or epoxy coating that you will use for your granite.

A granite countertop installed on an oak kitchen cabinet.


Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for application, and make sure you let the primer dry completely before moving on to the next step.

  • Apply Paint: Use paint specifically made for granite or stone surfaces. Apply the paint with a foam roller or brush, and make sure you apply it in even strokes. Allow the first coat of paint to dry completely before applying a second coat.
  • Apply Sealer: Once the paint has completely dried, apply a high-quality sealer designed for use on granite countertops. This will help provide a protective barrier to keep your countertop free from scratches, and stains. It will also provide a durable finish.

Ensure you do not leave any empty spaces when applying the sealer. Also, use as much sealer as needed then let it dry for about 24 hours.

  • Use with Care: You can start using the new finish once the top part dries out. Keep in mind that painted granite countertops are not as durable as natural granite surfaces. Be careful when using sharp knives or heavy objects on the surface, because they can scratch or chip the paint.

Final Thoughts

It may be very tempting to paint your granite countertops to give them a fresh new look though this is not the recommended solution. Painting your granite will depend on your experience and abilities. If you know what you’re doing, you may be able to get a beautiful finish that will stand the test of time.

Instead of painting, consider resealing, honing, and polishing, or completely replacing your countertops to restore their beauty and function. By taking proper care of your granite countertops, you can enjoy their natural beauty and durability for many years to come.

Are You Ready To Remodel Your Kitchen

You don’t have to worry about painting your countertop to try and fix any faults that it might have. Smart Remodeling LLC has the expertise to handle all countertop-related issues. We also have countertops options to suit any space or design you have in mind. Contact us today to see how we can help you change the look and feel of your space with beautiful granite countertops.

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