painting laminate countertops

Old 04-21-02, 11:15 AM
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painting laminate countertops

I was watching a decorating show the other day, where they painted a countertop(not sure what kind it was)...Can anyone tell if you can paint a laminate countertop and if so what special paint you would use?
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Painting laminate countertops

There are paints for just about every surface. Forum members do report painting laminate countertops. From the standpoint of long-term durability, it is not recommended that counters be painted as they are exposed to use, abuse, chemicals, water and other substances.

You can do a search on your favorite search engine for "painting laminate countertop" and find instructions for many different techniques, including achieving a look of stone by splattering paints. Laminate will have to be free of any grease, oil, soil, and anything that will interfere with paint adhesion. Some recommend sanding to give the laminate 'tooth' so the paint will adhere, then priming with a primer such as B-I-N, which is a shellac-based primer. Then, applying a couple coats of latex paint and several coats of non-yellowing polyurethane. Others recommend no polyurethane but only oil-based paint. Others recommend a two-part epoxy paint.

The Formica Corporation says to simply scuff the surface with 220 grit sandpaper, making sure surface is thoroughly clean and free of every bit of dust. Then, they say you MUST use epoxy paint.

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