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Can You Paint Laminate Countertops?

Can You Paint Laminate Countertops?


You CAN paint laminate countertops.

More Info: Painting a laminate countertop successfully requires paying just as much attention to the preparation as it does to the painting, but the result is a new look at a thrifty price.

Supplies Needed

  • Extra-fine grit sandpaper or steel wool
  • Grease cutting cleaner or detergent
  • Masking or painter’s tape
  • Mineral spirits
  • Lint-free cloth or tack cloth
  • Oil-based primer
  • Oil-based or alkyd paint(s)
  • Marine varnish or compatible sealant
  • Paint pad, sponges, rollers, or brushes

Preparing the Old Laminate

  1. Begin with a thorough scrubbing. Use a detergent formulated to cut grease. Rinse and dry.
  2. The next step is masking off all adjacent walls and surfaces with painter’s tape.
  3. Check the condition of the laminate. Any loose edges or seams need to be glued, and any chips or dents should be patched with plastic wood filler, following the directions on the package.
  4. Use sandpaper to abrade the surface of the counter. It is important that the entire surface be roughened so that the primer will stick securely.
  5. Finally, dust off the residue, wipe down the entire surface with mineral spirits, and allow it to dry.


Apply two coats of primer. Follow the labeling on the can and wait the required time before recoating. The secret to having paint stick to laminate is using a quality primer and applying it according to directions. Allow the final coat to dry overnight.


Apply a base coat of paint using a brush or a low-nap roller. Allow to dry overnight. For a solid color countertop, repeat with two more thin coats of paint. Some designers prefer two-tone or faux finishes that mimic leather or stone. Stenciled designs are also possible. The advantage of a faux finish is that it can hide flaws better than a solid color. Countertops painted with such patterns should have the equivalent of three coats of paint.


Seal the paint after it is completely dry. Use marine varnish or high-quality glossy sealer that is compatible with the paint, since some sealers can dissolve or discolor some paint finishes. Apply at least three coats of sealer, allowing each to dry completely between coats.


Paint is not as durable as the original surface. Use trivets to protect the paint from hot items. Use a damp cloth or sponge to clean. Do not scour.




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