Giani Marble FAQ
Giani allows you to easily and affordably transform your existing countertops to the look of white Carrara marble in just one weekend. Marble is a simple 3-step process, with all the tools included!
- One kit covers 35 square feet or 16 running feet of standard 24" wide counters - the average amount of countertop area in a kitchen.
- All Giani products are safe for interior use, very low odor, and VOC free.
- Giani is protected with an ultra-durable, high-gloss, Epoxy Resin Topcoat.
- You can create a custom marble finish.
- Hides any existing stains, scratches, or burns.
- Designed to lock out moisture, and resist staining and bacteria, making clean up a breeze!
Giani Marble Can Be Used On:
- Formica countertops and vanities
- Laminate countertops and vanities
- Corian countertops** (see below for details)
- Butcher block countertops
- Cultured marble vanities**
- One-piece sink and counter vanities**
- Primed or painted wood**
- Primed or painted drywall
- Cabinet inlays
Corian® or Cultured Marble 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, as 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. You will also need to de-gloss your Corian® or cultured marble surface before applying the Giani primer. Simply rough it up with a very fine grit #600 grit sandpaper, wipe it clean with a damp cloth, and allow it to dry. You may re-apply acrylic or latex caulk in the seam at the bottom of your backsplash after you've completed the Giani process.
Our White Base Primer will adhere well to a polished granite countertop as long as you clean the granite first with xylene or lacquer thinner, and then wipe-up the surface with rubbing alcohol to ensure any wax or sealer which may have been applied has been removed.
**Note: Be sure to follow the xylene or lacquer thinner manufacturer’s safety procedures and extinguish all pilot lights, such as from a gas stove, because xylene, rubbing alcohol, and lacquer thinner are very flammable.**
One-Piece Sink/Countertop Vanity:
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 sandpaper to rough up your sink above the tape line, wipe up the sanding dust, and allow it 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. However, you can use a product called "Tile Doc" that is specifically designed for use in a sink bowl and then use Giani to makeover the countertop above. Please note that the Tile Doc is NOT intended to prep the surface for Giani, it is the final finished product of the sink. Your result will be a faux granite counter with a white sink basin.
Giani may be used on wood. The key is to ensure that your wood surface is as smooth as possible before starting. 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. For wood surfaces (this includes real butcher block, not laminate that looks like butcher block, and unsealed wood trim or countertops), be sure to apply one or two coats of a good, oil-based wood primer to the particle board or wood surface 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 Can NOT Be Used On:
- Sink Bowls
- Shower Walls
- Shower Floors
**Giani Marble is not designed for surfaces that will be submerged in water.**
Giani was developed as an easy and fun experience to allow your creative flair to come out. It's complete with prepackaged mineral paints, 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. Regardless of your painting experience, you can quickly and easily create the authentic look of marble. For a detailed look on how to apply Giani, check out our Painting With Giani video page, or download our Detailed Written Instructions.
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 4-9 hours. Drying time is relatively 48 hours. Coverage is 35 square feet of countertop and is equivalent to about 16 running feet of standard 24 inch wide countertops.
What are the key steps to apply it?
During the prep and application of Giani Marble, make sure to keep your work area free of obstructions. It's also important to make sure you take some measures to ensure a controlled environment. Some items to do before you begin are:
- Close all windows and exterior doors, and turn off all fans to ensure no debris enters the work area.
- Keep the temperature of the room between 72°F-75°F to ensure the Ultra Epoxy Resin Topcoat cures at the correct rate.
- Ensure all pets (especially cats) and children are kept out of the work area during the epoxy application and curing phase for at least 8 hours.
- Wait 48 hours after applying the topcoat before using your countertops. After 2 days, you may use your countertops as you normally would.
- The full cure time for Giani Marble is 7 days. While you can clean gently during this time, we do not recommend cleaning aggressively until after the 7 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.)
Your new Giani countertops are just as durable as authentic stone surfaces. You will need to take proper care of it to maintain their life span. Even if you follow the application instructions, your Giani countertops' gloss may show signs of wear if you don't follow these proper care instructions.
Giani's unique blend of stone and quartz-like polymeric resins lock out moisture, and resist staining and 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, cleaning wipes, scouring pads or essential oils. 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 affect Giani's gloss.
Do not put any pot or pan onto the countertop that came directly from the hot stove without the use of a hot pad. The heating elements of hair dryers and curling irons can also cause permanent discoloration when allowed to sit on the Giani Ultra Epoxy resin Topcoat, even when fully cured.
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 countertops ever receive a scratch or small nick because of an intense impact from a sharp point, not to worry, it's easy to renew! Just contact Giani at 800-650-5699 for assistance.
The combination of Giani's stone and epoxy resin has a compressive strength greater than concrete.
The cure time for Giani is approximately one week to achieve its full hardness. However, Giani Ultra Epoxy Resin is dry in 48 hours, and you may use your countertops as normal within that time.
Even though you may use your counters in 48 hours, don't aggressively scrub them for at least 7 days.
**Please reference our section "How Do I Care For My New Countertops?" to read more on the proper care of your new countertops.**
Can it be scratched?
Yes. Just like granite and engineered quartz, it's not recommended for cutting or chopping. The difference is, if it is ever necessary, you can renew Giani quickly and easily.
Will it stain?
Your new countertops will resist stains and moisture from most household accidents and spills. Just be sure not to use harsh chemicals, as doing so may degrade the glossy finish.
How long will it last?
With the proper care, it will last as long as any conventional countertop.
Will it show fingerprints?
No. Unlike mined granite, Giani will not fingerprint because clear epoxy polymers surround the stone.
Is it heat resistant?
Yes. Giani is heat resistant up to 150°F. As with most countertop materials, it is not designed to withstand pots or pans directly from the oven or range.
Can it be used outside?
Yes. Giani Marble is sealed with an epoxy resin that is stronger than concrete, so it performs well outside. However, Giani is not designed for surfaces that will be submerged in water.
Can the paint wear down?
The Giani Marble system is extremely durable. The combined strength of the minerals and topcoat creates a dense, ultra-rigid surface, that resists the normal wear and tear of everyday use. Yet, like any material, if your Giani countertop experiences repeat rubbing or friction in similar spots, the finish may scuff. If you notice small scratches or abrasions, all you would need to do is touch up the area.
Giani Marble is safe for interior use.
- Smell: Giani is very low odor and free of VOC.
- Lead Content: Giani does NOT contain lead.
- Food Safety: Once Giani fully cures in one week, it's completely inert and safe for food contact.
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.
**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.
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 until smooth and 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!
Yes. We recommend using another shade of our Giani Mineral Paints for best performance.
You may also elect to add in your own colors from your decor as long as you use water-based acrylics due to their hardness. We recommend only using as small accent colors and not main features as we can not guarantee performance or compatibility.
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 period of time. 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 48 hours of drying time before top-coating, when using the water-based acrylics, will result in voiding the warranty.
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 topcoat layer has dried for at least 48 hours, use any kitchen/bath acrylic caulk to seal around your sink's rim and where your backsplash meets your countertop. We recommend using an acrylic caulk that dries clear for around the sink. This step is essential in protecting your finish.
All standard orders are processed and shipped within 1-3 business days and are shipped from St. Louis, MO. All domestic orders to the continental U.S., over $50, qualify for our FREE shipping option. Choosing our free shipping option will have a longer transit time of 7-14 business days.
Ground or Home Delivery through FedEx can take 2-5 business days from the day it was shipped depending on where you live in the country. But please keep in mind, if you placed an order on a Friday, your shipment won’t be processed until Monday and then shipped out that afternoon. Online orders are always processed the following business day.
**FedEx does NOT ship on Saturday or Sunday – only business days.**
Expedited Shipping Options:
Your package will be shipped via FedEx or United States Postal Service. Final delivery on FedEx shipments may be made by the United States Postal Service. There will be no signature required upon delivery.
- If you place your order on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday, the order will not be processed until Monday and will not arrive until Wednesday.
- If you place your order online on Wednesday, the order will not be processed and shipped until Thursday so your order will not arrive until Monday.
Orders placed outside the continental U.S. will be processed through USPS and you may be responsible for any additional customs charges or fees. Please note, that when shipping your order, Giani has no knowledge of the duties or fees that will be charged. The customer will be notified at time of delivery or when customs has finished processing your package of any charges that remain to be paid. Giani is not responsible for these charges and the customer is responsible for paying for the extra charges and picking up your order from the customs office if need be.
Because of the delay that customs may have on your package, please be aware that transit times will vary and your order may be delayed for some time. Giani also is not notified of these delays once it leaves the U.S.
Delivery Time Summary:
- Orders placed online will be processed on the following business day.
- Free Shipping may take up to 7-14 business days.
- Ground/Home Delivery may take 2-5 business days from the day it was shipped.
- 2nd Day orders placed online will be shipped out the following business day. If your order is received online Monday or Tuesday, or Wednesday by phone before 11AM CST, order will be received by the end of the week and take 2 days of shipping from the day it was shipped.
When stored properly, Giani has a recommended shelf life of 2 years. The best storage is in a cool, dry area, away from extreme hot and cold temperatures. Applying Giani past the recommended shelf life will negatively affect its performance, and thus, would not be covered by our limited warranty.
During the winter months, Giani is at risk for freezing due to the cold temperatures it may be exposed to during warehouse storage and delivery. While it may be tricky to determine if your Marble kit is frozen simply because the cans won’t feel cold to the touch— the contents will exhibit a grainy/slushy texture. But not to worry, it will completely recover! We recommend allowing the components of your kit to recover at room temperature for one week before applying. DO NOT apply Giani Marble if the contents appear clumpy or frozen.
When you are finished with your application, the Giani Primer and Mineral Color cans may be thrown away according to local and state laws. Brushes, roller covers, and stir sticks may be thrown away in the garbage. However, any remaining contents of the Ultra Epoxy Resin cans must be allowed to fully harden before disposal. Simply follow the steps below.
**Contents of the containers will become extremely hot while allowing to harden before disposal. Please make sure that you keep containers out of the reach of children and pets.**
To Dispose of Remaining Epoxy:
- Set aside containers with leftover epoxy in a safe area, away from the reach of children and pets (we recommend on top of the oven, or on a foil-lined pan).
- Remove any combustible material such as paper, sawdust, and towels.
- Allow to sit, undisturbed, for at least 8 hours, or until the epoxy mixture is solid and the can is completely cool to the touch.
- The hardened mixture is now inert and may be thrown away in accordance with state and local laws.