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Painting Laminate Countertops?

Painting Laminate Countertops? - before and after photoI used matte acrylic paint on my laminate countertops. I love the look, but when I put poly acrylic (water based) over after drying 6 hours it smears the paint. What am I doing wrong?

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September 17, 20200 found this helpful
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The surface of the laminated countertop has a special coating on it that makes it really hard for paint to stick to the surface of the laminate. You need to prepare the top before you even start to paint. Normally you should scratch the top with some steel wool or even sandpaper to prime the top before you add a coat of primer to the surface. After this, you should be OK to paint it again with the paint you are using and put the top coat on the paint. Once it primed it should no longer smear the paint on the countertop.

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September 17, 20201 found this helpful

I do not know if your surface was primed or not , this also makes the difference in your paint adhering , then after that . The best product for this project is - Acrylic/oil -based Polyurethane sealer .The water based is like using oil and vinegar or in your case water based , that separates the acrylic paint.

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Here is a how to - decordezine.com/best-method-to-paint-laminate-countertops

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September 18, 20200 found this helpful

I did not prime I just cleaned it good thank you I think Im gonna sand it prime it and start over thank you for helping

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September 17, 20200 found this helpful

Recommended to use a water-based acrylic primer, paint and top coat.

Here's a good in depth: www.hgtv.com/.../how-to-paint-laminate-countertops

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September 21, 20200 found this helpful

It really sounds like the laminate tops were maybe not prepped exactly right for this type of paint.
I would suggest you take your pictures to either an Ace or True Value hardware store and ask them for advice as they usually have very knowledgeable people working in these departments and are usually very helpful - even if you do not buy anything.

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The main reason that I suggest this is because they can ask questions while we cannot and we might miss something that they will be able to catch.
Looks like it will be very pretty when finished.

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