What Kinds of Paint Are for Formica?

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Formica is a high pressure laminate used as counter top, wall or cabinet coverings. It is a durable, inexpensive product that is easy to clean, which is why it is popularly found in kitchens and bathrooms. Painting Formica may be tricky, since it is a non-porous slick surface.

Direct Paint Applications

Epoxy is the prime paint recommended by the Formica Corporation to use directly on Formica. You can also use a lacquer.


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Most primers will adhere to the Formica allowing you to use any paint over the primer. Select a heavy duty, mildew resistance primer for high grease areas such as a kitchen.


Because Formica is so smooth, you will achieve the best results by prepping the surface area before painting. Use a medium-grit sandpaper to scuff the surface helping the paint adhere.



You can use a roller or a brush to apply paint. Keep in mind that the flat surface will show brush strokes, making a roller a better option.

Dry Time

Unless you are using an alcohol-based lacquer or primer, you should expect an extended dry time. In some cases, this may be a week or more to have the paint fully cure to the Formica.



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