Painting over laminate

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Forum topic by Cruiszr posted 01-24-2014 05:13 AM 556 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-24-2014 05:13 AM

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I picked up some base cabinets for my shop from a remoldeled Dr’s office and wanted to paint them a uniform color as they are different colors. (see above photo) All of the base cabinets have been laminated for what ever reason. My question: Can I paint over the laminate surface without worrying about the paint peeling off.

For some reason the yellow and sky blue finish colors just don’t seem to work for me, lol


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#1 posted 01-24-2014 02:20 PM

I think you can; just need to sand the surface and apply a good under coat. You may consider taking one of the doors out and show it to the local paint store (not home depot or Lowes) and get their suggestion as how to prepare it.


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#2 posted 01-24-2014 02:44 PM

I’ve never had any problem belt sanding and painting over laminate. There are some specific paints available for this but I’ve never spent the extra money for them. It is your workshop and not a client’s kitchen, if they don’t get dinged up eventually then you’re not using the shop enough.

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#3 posted 01-24-2014 02:53 PM

I agree, you need to clean them with some naphtha or mineral spitits , just to be sure there is no contaminates on them . Sand them well , then give them a light coat of shellac, then paint. You can put shellac on glass and paint over it .. You will need a chisel to get it off ..

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