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How do I paint laminate kitchen countertops? Thank you.
By SHELLEY from Green Bay, WI
Ask at your local home improvement store. There is paint to do this. I saw a program on the Home and Garden channel one day a few years ago, showing how to paint counter tops so that they looked like granite. It was a few day long process, but they looked real when the job was done.
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How do you paint laminate countertops?
By denise hrajnoha from Evanston, IL
I would go to the experts. The people at Sherwin Williams, Home Depot, or Lowes and ask the folks that have the product and the answers. Then I would be sure to read the directions. (12/31/2010)
How do I paint countertops?
By Debbie Rogers from Nova Scotia
Water based Paint: First you'll need to totally clean the countertops with straight rubbing alcohol & paper towels, then prime them with a high adhesive primer like "Zinsser 123" or "Gripper". Use a soft foam roller (not a brush or a regular paint roller). Next paint with 2 coats of Latex or even better, use 100% acrylic paint (also sold at the paint store), then lastly apply 5-7 coats of water based varathane sealer.
Oil Based Paint: Clean counter with alcohol then use Melamine paint (1 or 2 coats) then finish with 2 or 3 coats of oil based varathane. Be sure to keep windows open while you're painting & for 3 or 4 days afterward until the smell goes away.
The best design is one that's not all one color (like fake marbling) or splattering. This way flaws don't show as easily!
*Always use a cutting board because some paints can be toxic. (05/19/2009)
I want to paint my counter tops in the bathrooms and kitchen. I don't want to have to worry about putting my flat iron or toaster oven on them. Does anyone know a heat/alcohol/water resistant finish I can put on counters?
By Megan Thompson from Washington, PA
About a year or so ago, I saw a decorating program on, I think, HGTV and they were showing how to paint counter tops to look like granite. I thought it was kind of neat, but didn't pay a lot of attention, because I rent an apartment. There were several steps to the procedure. I don't know if you went to their web site, if you could find anything on it or not. (05/08/2009)
I plan to paint my countertops, and the question is what do you do with the metal on the seams? What would be the best colors? I want to do the granite look.
By altheia from Birmingham, AL
I know of two manufacturers of paint specially for painting counter tops (MDF and Melamine) and such like - Plasti-Kote Projekt paints and Ronseal One Coat Melamine and MDF Paint.
Check out the manufacturers websites for your country - they usually have guides and how tos showing how to use the paints. (04/17/2009)