Transforming Old Formica Countertops

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After years of use Formica countertops can become dull and worn. This is a page about transforming old Formica countertops.
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November 6, 2009

How do I paint Formica countertops?

By joyce from Lakeland, FL

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October 20, 20120 found this helpful
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We used the SpreadStone Countertop Finishing Kit from Daich Coatings to cover our ugly old laminate countertops in the kitchen and we were thrilled with the results.

The product is actual stone and you just roll it on very easily with a small 4 inch roller. This was a perfect product for me since I wanted something that could be done quickly and easily (with no artistic skills required) on a smaller budget.

The Daich kit gave us a brand new stone countertop for less than $150. It's been almost a year with no problems at all.

On our recommendation, my wife's brother used the kit to upgrade his bland 60s kitchen prior to putting his house up for sale, with equally nice results.

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We would recommend this product to anyone!

If anyone wants to check out the product, it can be found at www.daichcoatings.com.

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November 3, 2009

How can I restore the color to 17 year old Formica counters?

By mimi from Cedarville, MI

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November 4, 20090 found this helpful

Not sure exactly you want to do, but Rustoleum has a countertop paint on the market now. No primer or sealer needed, and it's antimicrobial. I'm going to faux paint mine to look like granite, but if you don't want a long process, maybe take a look at what Rustoleum has to offer.

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May 31, 2013

This is a page about painting a Formica countertop. Painting your old, outdated Formica countertops is a great way to update your kitchen.

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November 6, 2009

Want an inexpensive way to transform your old, ugly Formica countertops? Make them look like granite. Easy to do. Just paint a bonding primer and allow to dry. Next sponge on a combination of black and white acrylic paint. Follow up with 4-5 coats of oil based polyurethane. Mine have lasted over 3 years (even with a 5 yr. old son).

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Our original countertops were just an old ugly scratched white Formica and we couldn't afford new ones.

I am very proud and happy with the way they look and even my neighbors thought I got new countertops.

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By Marianne Ashton

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Transforming Old Formica Countertops

Making your old plain formica look like a million dollars for just a few dollars.

  • clean with vinegar
  • lightly sand and wipe with tack cloth
  • prime
  • base paint
  • sprinkle gold leaf on wet base paint
  • sponge 4 colors
  • spread gold leaf
  • sprinkle black glass glitter
  • seal with Enviro Lite
(10/19/2009)

By Kerry

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Transforming Old Formica Countertops

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More pics. of the transformed kitchen counters. (10/19/2009)

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November 3, 2009

Does anyone know of a product or procedure to restore formica? I have a red formica table from the 30s that has lost color and is pretty dull. Thanks.

Dee from Mass.

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Restoring Color to Formica

It is impossible to restore the color and eliminate scratches from plastic laminate (brand name: Formica). The same properties that make plastic laminate durable also make it impossible to patch or repair.

However, you can clean and polish laminate with a product like Gel-Gloss. This is a white, milky cleaner/polish much like automotive wax. With a little rubbing, Gel-Gloss will remove most stains and discoloration. After it dries to a light powdery residue, buff with a clean cloth. This leaves a nice glossy protective finish that tends to mask scratches so that the plastic laminate looks refinished.

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It also leaves a smooth, sealed surface that resists water spotting and stains. In the future, when the counter gets dull, just apply more. Never use bleach or abrasive cleaners on plastic laminates. They can damage the surface. (09/14/2004)

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Restoring Color to Formica

Thanks for the info. Going out to buy some Gel Gloss and polish up my bathroom counter. (02/06/2007)

By Bob From FL

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September 23, 2009

Want an inexpensive way to transform your old, ugly formica countertops? Make them look like granite! Easy to do. Just paint a bonding primer and allow to dry. Next sponge on a combination of black and white acrylic paint. Follow up with 4-5 coats of oil based polyurethane.

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