Painting over top of laminate can be a very difficult job if you do not know exactly how to do it. Paint does not like to stick to laminate the way it tends to stick to wood or a wall. There are ways that you can paint over top of laminate to revamp those old kitchen cabinets or countertops without completely remodeling the kitchen. There are a few different approaches that one can take to completely change the look of old and outdated kitchen cabinets that have unsightly laminate facings on them. These ideas will also work for laminate countertops too!
Painting Over Laminate Cabinets: Laminate cabinets can be a nightmare to deal with. While they do tend to be quite durable, when you decide that the laminate must go and is too outdated to keep up with the times it is a very difficult items to cover. To paint over laminate cabinets you must take into consideration the fact that the paint job will likely not be a permanent solution but rather a temporary fix that will suffice until you are able to purchase new cabinets for the kitchen.
Begin by removing cabinets doors and all hardware. Then clean the cabinets with an ammonia based cleaner such as window cleaner or a solution of 50/50 water and ammonia. Once you have cleaned the cabinets thoroughly and allowed them to dry completely you should lightly sand them down to give the paint something to adhere to. Use a fine grit sandpaper to rough up the laminate cabinets. Wipe with a clean cloth to remove any excess dust from sanding.
To paint the laminate kitchen cabinets you will need to use an oil based primer for the best results. Allow primer to dry thoroughly and then apply a top coat of paint. The top coat may be either oil based or latex. You can apply the top coat of paint with a fine high quality paintbrush or a hot dog roller. The hot dog roller tends to be a great option as it does not leave brush marks the way a paint brush will.
Once first coat of paint dries completely you can add a second coat to assure even coverage on all of the laminate cabinets. As a final coat you should apply a high durability polyurethane to the laminate kitchen cabinets to assure that they will stand up to the traffic and use in the kitchen. Allow the polyurethane to dry overnight before applying a second coat. Once the second coat dries you are ready to replace the kitchen cabinets doors and hardware.
Keep in mind that laminate kitchen cabinets will hold this paint finish only temporarily. The finish will not last 30 years the way the cabinets will but it will last long enough to buy you some time to find the new cabinets of your dreams!