Laminate countertops were extremely popular during the late 70s and early 80s of American home-building history. I know; I’ve ripped out plenty of old funky colored laminate kitchen and bathroom countertops and installed new stylish countertops. But you could easily spend thousands of dollars and countless weeks having an alternative countertop replacement, and if you’re like a lot of us, spending that kind of money on a home improvement project just isn’t feasible. Get the most out of your old laminate countertop makeover by painting your laminate countertop using these easy and affordable tips and techniques.
1. Prep the Countertop Area- The first and foremost part of this project is preparation. You’ll need to use blue painters tape and a low mil plastic sheet to tape off all of the areas around the countertop. Cabinets, flooring and walls that border or surround the countertop space must be covered or else you could be asking for trouble.
2. Clean the Countertops- Using a bucket of warm, soapy water, you’ll need to scrub your countertops as clean as possible to allow for a good bond between for the primer paint. You may want to use a water soluble degreaser on more stubborn stains.
3. Sand the Countertops- You’ll need to lightly rough up the surface of the laminate to allow the paint to penetrate the counter space. Cover your nose and mouth with a respirator and use a medium grit sandpaper (130-150) pad to lightly scuff the counters surface. Wipe away the excess dust with a damp cloth and then a clean dry cloth before moving to the next step.
4. Prime the Laminates- No ordinary primer paint will do. You’ll need to use a quick or flash bond 100 percent acrylic primer designed to cover high gloss surfaces or else the paint will peel the first time you scuff up the surface. Allow it to dry for the recommended manufacturer’s specifications timeframe; then apply a second coat.
5. Paint your Color- Use semi-gloss or satin finish latex enamel colored paint loaded onto a small paint roller. Allow it to dry and then apply a second coat of color to finish the project. You can also apply cool painting techniques like these to create your own awesome countertop design.
6. Seal the Color- Only apply a clear coat acrylic that is semi-gloss or gloss to protect the newly painted surface. The smoother the finish, the more protected it will be. Be sure to use a non-yellowing acrylic paint on lighter colors to prevent yellowing after curing. Allow the project to dry 36-48 hours prior to use. Take it easy on your new countertop for a few months as the clear coat cures. Never clean the new countertop using abrasive cleaners.
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