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AAANDRRREW

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01-04-2016 02:50 PM

Forgive me if I am straying too far away from traditional woodworking/finishing, but I am curious if anyone has ever painted a laminate countertop – either with DIY style products or the kits like rustoleum makes.

I have some kitchen countertops that are kind of ugly. The wife found a few blogs where the blogger scuffed up the finished, used either homemade chalk paint (some latex paint w/ plaster of paris) and coated it with poly, over the counter chalk paint and poly, or the rustoluem countertop paint/renewal system.

The big rustoleum kit has chips and a 2 part finish and produces a faux granite look. It looks like a lot of work and can be pricey (over $100). rustoleum also makes a countertop paint that is oil based and claims to be one-stop-shop…which gives me reservations about durability and such.

The DIY chalk paint and poly also gives me some reservations – I don’t have a problem sanding and painting, but then it comes to the finish…. What I understand about poly is that the first coat seals the wood and the further coats build up a nice protective finish – but on a laminate countertop, there won’t be any “sealing”, which worries me about adhesion. Also, I am guessing poly will NOT be as durable as laminate, so try as we will, I worry there WILL be nicks, gouges, scratches because our island in our kitchen is for eating family dinner, but it is also used for 101 other things as well.

Thoughts?


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Kazooman

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#1 posted 01-04-2016 03:22 PM

Why not consider new laminate? If the existing material is sound, you could rough it up and install new material on top of it. If you would need to remove it that is a much bigger problem. Since you are considering paint, I assume the existing laminate is solid.

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dhazelton

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#2 posted 01-04-2016 03:40 PM

You can pretty much paint anything if it’s degreased and scuffed well. How long it will look good is another question. The kit’s do show beautiful transformations but I don’t know if the finish is durable. Another option (if you own the home) is ceramic tile. Might look a bit more modern.

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#3 posted 01-04-2016 04:06 PM

Depending on how big of area you’re talking about installing new laminate may be about the same price plus the cost of a trim router if you don’t have one HF sells them fairly cheap. there are so many designs you can get in new lamante and it will hold up better than any paint.

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AAANDRRREW

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#4 posted 01-04-2016 04:25 PM

Yes, my countertop is is good shape and is only 7 years old – I just never liked the color of it.

I will investigate the re-laminating, but I am guessing I will have difficulty dealing with the curved edges (they aren’t all 90’s) and the backsplash area, which I don’t think its cut, its curved inward (if that makes sense).

I was really hoping someone would say “yeah, just scuff it up, paint it and throw some poly on it’ll work great” haha….

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#5 posted 01-04-2016 04:29 PM

As a residential remodeler who specialized in tile for 20+ years I have seen tile in bath rooms that was redone with an epoxy paint, done professionally, and it does not hold up. With counter tops what you want todo IMHO is a waste of time, for any longevity, with the wear and tare they get.

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#6 posted 01-04-2016 04:48 PM



Yes, my countertop is is good shape and is only 7 years old – I just never liked the color of it.

I will investigate the re-laminating, but I am guessing I will have difficulty dealing with the curved edges (they aren t all 90 s) and the backsplash area, which I don t think its cut, its curved inward (if that makes sense).

I was really hoping someone would say “yeah, just scuff it up, paint it and throw some poly on it ll work great” haha….

- AAANDRRREW

Yeah, just scuff it up, paint it and throw some poly on it’ll work great.

No, not really ;) I have seen a bathroom vanity that someone used one of the diy kits to paint. It did look great right after it was done but definitely hasn’t held up. It doesn’t look horrible but it’s definitely not something I’d want in my kitchen. I’d come down in the camp of relaminating if you can deal with the curves and bevels.

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pjones46

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#7 posted 01-04-2016 04:55 PM

I have re-done a number of boat counter tops by removing the old laminate with a standard cheap household iron, no flame, to heat up the contact cement which then allows you to peal the old laminate off. Once off, you can reapply fresh contact cement and new laminate.

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Bill White

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#8 posted 01-04-2016 06:23 PM

Just send me the money and chalk it up to experience. :)
IMO that stuff is a waste of time.
Bill

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dhazelton

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#9 posted 01-04-2016 07:06 PM

“and the backsplash area, which I don’t think its cut, its curved inward (if that makes sense)”

So it’s a preformed counter with integrated backsplash from HD or Lowes? Just pull the whole thing up and replace it. Yes, it’s a lot of work but not that expensive if it’s just like a standard ell.

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AAANDRRREW

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#10 posted 01-04-2016 07:19 PM

Yeah, I’m thinking it’s preformed – not sure if its from a big box store, but I’m sure its as cheap as humanly possible – the house isn’t a spec home or pre-built, but the builder built all the homes in my area – there are like roughly 5 different models you can choose and customize. You basically go meet with him, he shows you his plans, you pick and choose things to customize and he builds it. In retrospect, I wish I didn’t buy the place (I’m the 2nd owner), but live and learn…

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#11 posted 01-04-2016 09:19 PM


I was really hoping someone would say ”... haha….

- AAANDRRREW

“Yeah, just scuff it up, paint it and throw some poly on it. It’ll work great”

It will look fantastic from where I’m sitting (I’m in Georgia, where are you again?) LOL

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#12 posted 01-04-2016 09:24 PM

I’ve seen all sorts of nice ‘faux’ countertops done with paint and then covered with a clear epoxy coating. Mostly for creating a granite look. A quick google will turn up quite a few how-to’s, discussions and videos of the process. I would just replace or re-laminate the top, but a lot of folks have been happy with the results from using epoxy. YMMV.

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