Can countertops be primed and painted???

Old 05-11-05, 10:40 AM
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Cool Can countertops be primed and painted???

My kitchen countertops are the old white-with-gold-specks and I'm not in a position to replace them... (read: broke!) So, I think I have a brilliant idea (but, then again, I've been known to think not-so-brilliant things too!) Anyway, I was wondering if the countertops could be cleaned well, painted with a primer and then painted with a color and then sealed with something.

Any thoughts or advice? Thanks in advance!
Old 05-11-05, 10:53 AM
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Oney, Welcome to the DIY Forums.
Anything is possible. I am NOT a painter so will leave that part to the experts here.
My comments have to do with the wear and tear a countertop goes through. Plates and silverware sliding accross it. Wet conditions. Constant cleaning. Most are also used for a food prep surface. It would be possible (and probable) that you would have peeling paint going into your food. Just some "food" for thought. Good luck with your project.
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I would not paint them! Formica is formulated to repel anything that gets on it[thats why it is so washable] As m-dragon said peeling paint could prove to be a problem in a short time. Save the money you would spend on paint and squirel it away to help pay for new tops later.
Old 05-11-05, 07:24 PM
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Okay... thanks for your input. I'll see if I can come up with something else. Acutally, the counter top isn't too big...maybe it would be less to replace the formica than I'm thinking it would.
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I painted mine and they have held up fine. I would clean the heck out of them and sand them down, and then put a real good bonding primer on them. Something like X-I-M. Go back over it with a good durable oil-based paint and you are good to go. good luck.


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