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Liquid Stainless Steel FAQ

What Is Liquid Stainless Steel?

Crafted with micronized stainless steel, Liquid Stainless Steel is Giani's two-part paint paint system for refinishing dated, mismatched or aging appliances.

What Surfaces Can I Use It On?

Liquid Stainless Steel will resist surface temperatures up to 300°F and will adhere well to:

  • Gas and Electric Ranges
  • Refrigerators
  • Wall Ovens
  • Dishwashers
  • Tabletops
  • Trash Cans
  • File Cabinets
  • Primed Wood
  • Range Tops
  • Vent Hoods
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Faucets
  • Ceramic Tile
  • Primed Plastics
  • Oven Doors
  • Brass
  • Bar Stools
  • Fireplaces
  • Washers/Dryers
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Glass Doors
How Much Does It Cover?
  • The Refrigerator Kit: Covers 75 square feet
  • The Range Kit: Covers 19 square feet
  • The Dishwasher Kit: Covers 19 square feet

**Note: Like all stainless steel range tops, Liquid Stainless Steel will "season" or bronze around the burners. This bronzing typically occurs about 1" around each burner.**

What Prep Is Required?

Plastic, Chrome, Laminate:

Sand lightly with fine grit sandpaper, clean and prime with Zinsser's Bullseye 1-2-3 water-based primer. Apply 1-2 coats of primer with our foam roller and brushes, using the same technique as the Liquid Stainless Steel finish to ensure consistency between coats.

**Tip: If you're trying to determine if your refrigerator is plastic, try sticking a magnet to it. For glossy surfaces such as brass, lightly sand with a very fine grit sandpaper before painting. Priming is not necessary.**

Textured Appliances:

Liquid Stainless Steel will not change the texture of your appliance. If you wish to minimize a preexisting texture, you may apply 1-2 coats of a water-based primer.

**Note: The texture will still be visible after priming, but it will be reduced. Apply the primer with our foam roller and brushes using the same technique as the Liquid Stainless Steel finish to ensure consistency between coats.**

What Surfaces Will Not Accept Liquid Stainless Steel?

Liquid Stainless Steel can NOT be used on:

  • Unprimed Plastics
  • Shower Walls
  • Unprimed Wood
  • BBQ Grills
  • Bare Drywall
  • Submerged Surfaces

**Note: Liquid Stainless Steel is not designed to repair steel, for coating food preparation tools, or surfaces above 300°F.**

How Safe Is Liquid Stainless Steel?

Liquid Stainless Steel is water-based and lead-free. It emits less of an odor than ordinary latex house paint.

How Durable Is Liquid Stainless Steel?

Liquid Stainless Steel is based on an automotive grade clear resin system that is as durable as your car's finish.

It can scratch and stain if contaminates are allowed to sit undisturbed on the surface for a long time. However, if the finish should mar or scratch, you can renew the finish quickly and affordably. With the proper care, Liquid Stainless Steel can last as long as the conventional car finish.

How Do I Care For Liquid Stainless Steel?

Cleaning a surface painted with Liquid Stainless Steel is simple and easy. Use mild soap and water, and a soft lint-free cloth.

No chemical cleaners, polishes or specialty wipes are needed to keep the surface free of fingerprints, dirt and oil. While the finish fully cures over the first 14 days after application, minimize contact with hot liquids, magnets and refrain from scrubbing clean.

As with all steel range tops, our Liquid Stainless Steel coating will experience some heat tinting (bronzing) around the range top's burners. This kit is also great for brushing tile backsplashes, wood cabinets, washers/dryers, and brass shower door frames.

How Long Does Liquid Stainless Steel Take To Dry?

Allow 1 hour of dry time between coats of the Liquid Stainless Steel Base. After the first layer of base coat, wait 24 hours before applying the clear topcoat.

Once applying the topcoat, you may use the surface after a full 24 hours.

How Do I Mix Liquid Stainless Steel?

Over time, the micronized stainless steel will have a tendency to settle toward the bottom of the container.

The first time you use it, shake the can vigorously and then evenly stir the contents in order to redistribute the stainless particles. Stir for several minutes at first and then occasionally during use.

Is It Really Stainless Steel?

Liquid Stainless Steel is made with 100% stainless steel in an automotive grade, clear resin. We do not use colorants, pigments or dyes.

When finished, it has a brushed stainless appearance that matches the overall look of most manufactured stainless appliances. And, unlike stainless steel appliances, Liquid Stainless Steel will not show fingerprints.

Can I Use Liquid Stainless Steel On Countertops?

Yes. However, due to the solid, metallic color of the paint, imperfections in the surface will be accentuated and possibly exaggerated.

To use Liquid Stainless Steel on your countertops:

  • Clean then with an SOS® or Brillo® pad to remove dirt or grease.
  • Rinse well with water.
  • Remove caulk from around sinks and backsplash using isopropyl alcohol.
  • Fill deep nicks or scratches with wood putty and sand with a very fine grit sandpaper.
  • Clean dust from countertops with a damp cloth and allow to dry thoroughly.
  • Tape areas that you do NOT want painted with a high-quality painters tape, such as Frog® Painter's Tape.
  • Roll on Giani's IronCore Black Primer and wait 8 hours for the base coat to dry.
  • Roll on 2-3 coats of Liquid Stainless Steel base coat, allowing 2 hours of time in between coats to dry.
  • After your final stainless coat, wait 2 hours before applying the topcoat.
  • Roll on a layer of topcoat and wait 4 hours before applying the second and final coat.
  • Wait 24 hours before using your countertops and 3 days before setting lightweight items on the surface.
  • Wait an additional 14 days before cleaning your countertops with only mild soap and water.
Does LSS Expire?

When stored properly, Liquid Stainless Steel has a recommended shelf life of 2 years. The best storage is in a cool, dry area, away fro extreme hot and cold temperatures. Applying LSS past the recommended shelf life may negatively affect it’s performance, and thus, would not be covered by our limited warranty.

What If My Paint Appears Clumpy Or Frozen?

During the winter months, paint is at risk for freezing due to the cold temperatures it may be exposed to during warehouse storage and delivery. Frozen paint can sometimes be tricky to determine initially because your cans won’t feel cold to the touch— however, the paint will exhibit a grainy/slushy texture. But not to worry, the paint will completely recover! We recommend allowing your paint to recover at room temperature for one week before applying. DO NOT apply the paint if it appears clumpy or frozen.