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Sealing a Painted Formica Counter Top

I painted a Formica countertop and a professional painter told me that I could put a waterbased polyurethane on for a final finish. Any comments on this?

By Linda N. from Racine, WI

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June 3, 20090 found this helpful

Yes, he is correct. If you don't use a water based poly you will have terrible yellowing. Put several coats on for durability.

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September 12, 20090 found this helpful

Yes! I used a water based top coat called polycrylic, by Minwax. I used 4 coats and then let the counter top cure and harden before using. It works and it looks great! I just clean it with gentle, non-abrasive cleaners! So far, so good!

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May 29, 20090 found this helpful

I've seen on this site where people have painted their Formica counter tops. I'm curious about sealing options. I've read about Envirotex which seems difficult to do and Poly (both water and oil based) Has anyone done this using BEHLEN Rockhard Table Top Varnish? I just found this in a search and want to know if anyone has had any success using it over their painted counter tops? Thanks.

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