07:21AM | 10/08/04
Member Since: 10/07/04
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If anyone has painted over laminate counter tops--could you please give me some tips or a website I access to learn how to do so? I have seen parts of programs where they demonstrated--but not enough to know exactly what they did. Thanks.


03:38AM | 10/09/04
Member Since: 07/28/02
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In my opinion this is not a do-it-yourself project as the coatings are not easily used unless you have been trained in their use.

I would look in your local phone book for people that do this type of work.


08:48AM | 10/27/04
Member Since: 07/28/04
60 lifetime posts
i have painted them before.I was a contractor in my past life.I scraped with razor blades,cleaned, and used car paint.Chevrolet white was my color.Its not for the journeyman type.You need pro help as suggested above.


05:03PM | 10/28/04
Member Since: 10/27/04
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Dear MagnoliaSue,

Maybe you would be interested in my solution to changing my laminated kitchen top. I have already created a sample piece to test and I am happy with the results so when I have finished re-building my cabinets I will paint my bench top.

1.I have roughed up the laminate.

2.glued artist quality paper over the laminate.

3.painted onto the paper, I am using watercolour and gold acrylic.

4.then applied 6 coats of polyurathane.


Make sure you seal the edges well, especially around the sink. I used an acrylic sealer as it doesn't yellow like the oil based ones with multi coats. On my test piece I used high gloss varnish and I am now considering using a matt varnish on my bench tops. (Personal choice only).

I am an artist but I don't see any reason to stop anyone having a go.If you have kids you can even let them in on the design.

If you like this idea but don't fancy the artistic challenge, why not decoupage the benchtops, then varnish. multi coats of varnish will even out overlapping paper levels. good luck and be creative.


06:10AM | 11/04/04
Member Since: 10/17/04
54 lifetime posts
Yes, you can absolutely paint your countertop. It is a product called Melamine(I think I have misspelled it...) Anyways, use TSP(tri sodium phosphate) and clean the counter as best you can from oil and dirt. Then you can use the melamine paint. It is a very thin paint and so you will need to do several coats. It sounds time consuming, but it really isn't. Each coat of paint you use makes the finish that much stronger and durable. I myself would put anywhere from 4-6 coats. Your local paint store can advise you which of their melamine paints is the best. Go for it. The paint is not expensive.
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