Painting Formica Table

Old 12-02-05, 06:54 PM
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Painting Formica Table

I am in the process of painting a formica table. I have already sprayed the table top with primer spray and it is ready for painting. Before continuing I wanted to find the best approach.

I was going to use the Wagner PowerSpray Pro and set it for a fine spray but after reading some posts here it seems as though the Wagner is troublesome to get a good look. The other idea is to either use a roller or paintbrush. It seems to me that any of these ideas will leave some sort of pattern on the table and I really want to avoid this.

Is the idea to paint (whichever way I want) then sand, then paint, sand, paint sand then finally seal with a urethane coating?

Any info and tips would be greatly appreciated.

Old 12-03-05, 12:14 PM
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IMO painting formica is not a good idea. Because of the makeup of formica paint doesn't adhere well to it. Hopefully you sanded and cleaned well before primer. It should have been a solvent based primer, which adheres better than latex.

Even though they use the word 'pro' on the product Wagner equipment isn't designed for or used by pros. Because of the differences between a wagner and more expensive equipment I'm sure I would have a hard time getting good results with one. However some [usually those unfamiliar with better equipment] can get good results them.

One advantage to using a 1/4" roller cover would be the resulting orange peel would likely be easier to touch up.

If appling multiple coats it is also wise to sand lightly between coats. A urathane top coat may offer additional protection but my main concern would be the material adhering to the formica.

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