Laminate countertops can withstand a lot of abuse, but over time they may appear to be worn, or the color may fade. If the actual laminate is still in good condition, you can paint the surface of your laminate countertop. This can save you hundreds of dollars when compared to replacing the laminate countertops.
The key to completing this project successfully is to use oil based products. Depending on the laws of your individual state, oil paint may be difficult to find. However, it is important to choose the right paint: oil based paint will ensure you have a long lasting finish.
Step 1: Glue down any laminate that has detached from the base with a glue suitable for laminate. Use a rolling pin and steady pressure to remove any air bubbles from underneath the laminate. Allow the laminate to dry for at least 24 hours before proceeding if you have to make any repairs.
Step 2: Clean the counters with a non abrasive cleaner to remove any dust, grime, and other build up.
Step 3: Lightly sand the laminate countertops with a fine grit sandpaper. The purpose of this sanding is to break up the glossy surface of the laminate and help the paint to stick to the countertop.
Step 4: Use a tack cloth to remove any dust. Use painter’s tape to cover any areas you don’t wish to paint.
Step 5: Apply an oil based primer with a small paint roller to the surface of the laminate countertop. Cut in as needed with a small paintbrush. Allow the first coat of primer to dry completely.
Step 6: Lightly sand the primer, removing any drips or other imperfections on the surface of the countertops. Remove any residue with a tack cloth, then apply a second coat of primer.
Step 7: Lightly sand the second coat of primer as well, removing any dust from the surface of the laminate countertop with the tack cloth.
Step 8: Apply a coat of oil based paint over the primer. Use the same technique, lightly sanding between each layer, to create a smooth finish.
Step 9: Apply several coats of oil based urethane over the paint. Be sure to allow time for each one to dry before proceeding. In general, 3-6 coats of urethane will be sufficient.