The Best Way to Paint Formica


Formica countertops are a popular choice in homes due to their inexpensive cost. Formica is available in a large variety of colors and textures, allowing a homeowner to easily incorporate the countertop into their kitchen area. Over time, Formica may chip, peel or get scratched causing the countertop to contain an unpleasant appearance. Painting the Formica countertop is a faster alternative to repairing the countertop than replacing the surface all together. This project can be completed in less than a day and save you a lot of money in the process.

Things You'll Need

  • Acetone
  • Wood putty
  • Sandpaper
  • Epoxy paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Paint roller
  • Paint tray
  • Painter's tape
  • Metal clippers
  • Caulking
  • Formica glue
  • Putty knife
  • Remove the defects. Cut out any lifted areas in the countertop. Remove the sink and tape around the inner edges. Re-glue any flat lifted areas in the countertop. If you had to cut away any sections of the countertop, pour in wood putty. Tape around wall areas.

  • Prepare surface for painting. Gently sand the surface, roughing up the existing surface. Sand down the putty to a smooth finish. Wipe the dust and dirt off the countertop using a rag dipped in acetone, which provides a deep thorough cleaning of the surface.

  • Paint the countertop. Apply epoxy paint to the countertop with a paint roller. Use a brush to paint edges and hard to reach surfaces. Allow the paint to dry and apply a second coat.

  • Finish the countertop. Re-insert the sink and line the outer edges with silicone caulking. Line every edge of the countertop where the surface meets the wall to create a waterproof seal.

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