Painting Laminate Cabinets?

Painting Laminate Cabinets?

Colleen Quinn
Nov 10, 2009

Q: I know this has been dealt with before with respect to wooden and metal cabinets. But I have these rather "nasty wood-look" plastic laminate cabinets, which I would like to paint white, until such time as I can afford to more thoroughly fix up my kitchen. If I sand the surface, will paint adhere properly, so that I can get a nice solid, wipeable surface? What products should I use, how many coats, etc? I'd especially like to hear from folks who have done this very thing, learn how their project turned out.

Sent by Linda

Many years ago, I painted some cabinets with a fairly complicated finish, and had great, (and lasting) success. But they were made of actual wood. and I can't remember what I used. I had some advice on that from a paint-store guy, who told me I should leave such a job to a professional (!). I asked him to pretend I was a professional, and sell me the right stuff. Apparently he did, as it worked out.That shop is gone now, and the fellows behind the counter at the local place don't seem very well informed.

Editor: Linda- we've never painted laminate furniture, though we've heard of folks who got good results with marine paint (designed for boats). Do any readers have personal experience with painting laminate cabinets to share with Linda? If so, share your tips in the comments below.

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