We are typically asked how to paint an existing laminate countertop, and if it is even possible. Yes, you can paint countertops, but you require to prepare the countertop surface area thoroughly beforehand with special primer. Here’s how.
( 1) Wash the countertop with some ammonia-based cleaner or some warm ammonia diluted with water. Get it as tidy as possible, eliminating all dirt and grime. When the surface area is dry, you may wish to put strips of low-tack painter’s tape on any trim around the countertop.
( 2) The next action is to prime the countertop surface area with a bonding guide, this will make certain the paint will stick to a non-porous surface. Some great bonding guides are XIM 400, Sherwin-Williams PrepRite ®, or Zinsser Bin. Follow the primer manufacturers guidelines; plan on permitting the primer to set for about 24 hr before painting. The odor can be strong, so consider opening windows and closing the room off from the rest of the house when using these items.
( 3) When the guide is dry, it’s time to paint your picked brand-new color paint to the existing laminate countertop. Absolutely nothing changes a kitchen’s look quite even countertop surfaces, so make certain you’ve matched swatches to your existing colors– appliances, walls, flooring and all. If you use your laminate countertops to prepare food directly on, use water-based paint; the chemicals in oil-based paints might leech into your food, which is not an advantage. Apply 2 to 3 thin layers of paint, letting them dry between each covering. If you like and are feeling innovative, you can stencil-paint some patterned borders on your laminate countertops with new base paint as well at this point.
( 4) The last step is to seal the paint. Three coats of satin or high-gloss non-yellowing polyurethane will provide you optimal sturdiness. I prefer a water-based sealant; it will not alter the appearance of your paint’s colors when it dries. Allow the sealer to dry 24 hrs. You may have to purchase take-out dinners for a couple of days, however, it will deserve it when you see your fabulous new painted laminate countertops in your kitchen.