to the most asked questions about GIANI™
in the below categories . . .
I. Why GIANI™?
Traditional granite countertops are
naturally porous and absorb liquids and
foods that can hold in harmful bacteria.
Consequently, they must
be properly re-sealed every year - which
many people don't do - creating a
potentially unsafe surface.
GIANI™ countertop finishes are designed
to lock out moisture and resist bacteria
because of their unique blend of polymers
GIANI™ is a granite countertop finish
that's beautiful and safe for your
2)Is it shiny?
Yes, GIANI™ is a very reflective,
semi-gloss, cut granite finish.
3)Is it smooth?
Yes, GIANI™ is a smooth finish with the
contours of natural cut stone.
II. How durable is it?
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
So even though you may
use your counters in forty-eight hours,
don't aggressively srub on them for two
1) Can it be scratched?
Yes, just like granite and Formica®
-it’s not recommended for cutting or
chopping. The difference - is - if ever
necessay - you can renew GIANI™ quickly
2) Will it stain?
It can if strong contaminates are
allowed to set for a long period.
3) How long will it last?
As long as any conventional countertop.
4) Will it show fingerprints?
No, unlike mined granite, GIANI™ will
not fingerprint because the 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. Note, GIANI™
is not designed for surfaces that will be
submerged in water.
III. What can it be
countertops and vanities
Corian® countertops -
see note below
countertops and backsplashes
vanities - see note below
Primed or painted
Primed acrylic or
fiberglass shower walls
tile with Bombay
Note - On cultured
marble - and acrylic or fiberglass shower
enclosures - a plastic primer must be
applied prior to GIANI™ because of their
high plastic content.
You may use Rust-oleum's "Plastic
Primer" which is available at most
hardware and Home Centers in quarts.
Be sure to follow the
primer's applications guidelines with
regard to ventilation beause it's
Here's how to apply
the plastic primer to cultured marble -
1. Clean the cultured
marble to ensure it's free of all
2. Tape off around
your sink, cabinets and above your
backsplash with painter's tape.
3. Next, use a very
fine grit sandpaper - such as Number 400
grit - and lightly 'rough up the cultured
marble with a very light sanding as this
gives the plastic primer more to bite
into. Then wipe up the sanding dust and
you're ready to apply the plastic primer.
4. Using a foam brush,
cut in with plastic primer around your
sink and your backsplash corners and top.
Then roll on the plastic primer using a 4
to 6 inch long, dense foam roller that’s
designed for very smooth surfaces. -
5. Right after
rolling, lightly roll back over what you
just rolled, using long, end-to-end,
overlapping, one-way roll strokes. As
this minimizes any lap lines created by
6. Let the plastic
primer coat dry for 24 hours.
7. Then, lightly rough
up the dry plastic primer coat with the
same 400 grit sand paper to give GIANI's
primer / base coat more to bite into as
well. Wipe up the sanding dust and then
you’re ready to apply the standard GIANI™
GIANI™ transforming cultured marble
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™ -
because - as with all
coatings - GIANI™ - will not adhere to
silicone. After cutting and peeling up
any clear silicone caulk used, wipe up any
remaining residue with rubbing alcohol.
You may re-apply
acrylic or latex caulk in the seam at
the bottom of your backsplash - let it dry
- then proceed with the standdard GIANI™
GIANI™ may be
used outside because it is an
automotive grade resin.
countertops where the sink and
countertop are molded together as one
Use painter's tape and mask off a line
where the sink ends and the countertop
begins - and apply GIANI™ to the
be used it on?
- Bathtubs - No
- Shower floors - No
Because GIANI™, as
with all water-based technologies is not
designed for surfaces that will be
submerged in water.
IV. How safe is it to
countertop surfaces are safe,
water-based polymers and minerals that
require the same basic precautions as most
1) How much does it smell?
GIANI™ water-based minerals emit less
odor than ordinary latex house paint.
2) Does it contain any lead?
No, GIANI™ does not contain any
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.
And if food or liquids are spilled on
GIANI™, its polymers lock them out for
V. How do you apply it?
developed as an easy
'paint-by-number system with pre-packaged
minerals, a unique primer that adheres to
laminate, an extremely hard clear topcoat
- and all 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.
To see the many
colors of GIANI™ granite click here -Photo
Gallery Page .
1) How long does it take?
You'll transform an average size
kitchen - which has about 35 square feet
of countertop, from start to finish, in a
Your actual painting
time will be about 4 hours. And then
there is about 16 hours of drying time
when you can be off doing something else
that's more exciting than watching your
beautiful new counters dry.
Coverage – 35
square feet of countertop is equivalent
to about 16 running feet of standard 24”
2)What are the key steps to apply it?
a) Clean your countertops with household
b) Mask off with painter’s tape -your
backsplash, sink and dishwasher top
c) Roll on the included Black IronCore™
primer / base coat
d) Then, before starting - practice the
sponging process with the included black
e) Next - sponge on – using straight up
and down motion – the three pre-packaged
minerals - in three foot wide sections to
allow them to blend while wet.
f) If desired, go back in and adjust color
or add veins
g) Roll on two clear topcoats in long,
h) Then relax – and enjoy your beautiful
new GIANI™ countertops! . . .
VI. What are the
You may achieve countless 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 a the standard granite colors
achieved by following the Kit's steps -
a few of the more common shades achieved
by adding extra amounts of any of the
provided GIANI™ Minerals.
To achieve the
granite color you desire, discover and
refine your combination on the included
practice poster board.
The end result will be a beautiful GIANI™
granite countertop that's unique to your
VII. Can you add in
your own color?
Yes, you may add in colors from your
decor as long as you use water-based, 100%
acrylics because of their hardness.
Sicilian Sand™ with 100% acrylic green
impossible to check the compatibilty
between the GIANI™ Mineral and all
acrylics, the acrylics and Minerals must
be applied at separate times-
1. Apply the GIANI™ primer first and
let it dry for the standard six hours.
Next, sponge on water-based, 100% acrylics
of your choice. Let them dry for 48
hours – and then sponge on the GIANI™
2. Sponge on the GIANI™ Minerals per
the standard process, and let them dry for
48 hours . Then sponge on the 100%
acrylics and let them dry for two hours
before applying the GIANI™ Topcoat.
Be sure to practice this on your
included poster board to make sure you get
the results you want!
Failure to use 100% acrylics and to
wait the full 48 hours of drying between
the Minerals and 100% acrylics may result
in voiding the warranty.
VII. What if your
counter has a seam?
If your counter's seam is a thin
line, like a scratch, then the GIANI™
granite will cover and hide it.
If your seam is a fairly wide gap,
then fill it in with a good wood patch.
Let the patch dry and then sand it
smooth until it's even with the rest of
Wipe away any sanded material and then
follow the standard GIANI™ process - and
you'll have a seamless, beautiful GIANI™
VIII. How do you care
That's the beauty of GIANI™! - it's
unique blend of polymers and minerals lock
out moisture and resist bacteria.
All you have to do is clean and
disinfect the GIANI™ - as needed - with
a mild Anti-bacterial soap, warm water and
a soft cloth.
You should never have to re-seal GIANI™
because its polymers are an integral part
of the surface.
Because of its unique polymers, do
not use granite cleaners, bleaches,
ammonia, household cleaners, polishes or
IX. What’s its
If you are not satisfied with GIANI™
granite countertop finishes for any reason
and you have purchased this product from
BrushOnGranite, send unused portion along
with your receipt to:
Brush On Granite
324 N. Lake
Valley, WA 99212
and we will refund you the entire
purchase amount, excluding shipping.
Since we do not have control over
surface preparation or application, this
Warranty does not include cost of labor
for application of coating and excludes
any incidental or consequential damages.
Some states do not allow the exclusion of
incidental or consequential damages, so
the limitation or exclusion contained in
the above warranty may not apply to you.
This warranty gives you specific legal
rights. You may also have other rights
which may vary from state to state. GIANI’s™
sponge applicator is designed specifically
to achieve the optimal granite finish.
Failure to use or follow the instructions
may void the Warranty.
Granite manufacturer website can be found