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by Ron Joseph

August, 2004

Painting Corian Counter Top

Q. I have off-white countertops made of corian in my kitchen. They are in great > condition, but the color does not match my decorum. Is there a coating that > can be applied to obtain a different color that is practical?

The answer to both of your questions is yes. You can paint the Corian to a different color, and yes it can be practical.

Corian is made up from a thick liquid solution of resins and pigments that is chemically reacted, then cast into a mold to create a solid material.

I recommend using a high quality two component epoxy paint to the counter top. Epoxies are excellent for this type of application due to there chemical and moisture resistance and ability to adhere well to the substrate.

Visit your local paint supplier and explain your intentions, they should be able to direct you in product recommendations and guide you in color and gloss selections.

After selecting the paint, clean the counter top well with a good strong degreasing detergent. Remove all dirt, oil, cooking grease and any food particles that may be present.

Sand the surface with a fine grit sandpaper such as #400 grit in order to create a good surface for the paint to adhere to. Remove all sanding dust, by wiping down the surface with a damp cloth with clean warm water, rinse the cloth often.

You may apply one or two coats depending on the manufactures recommendations. Be certain to follow all label instructions for mixing and applying the paint.

Please be aware that coatings and solvents are chemicals and therefore you should always pay attention to proper handling procedures and be prepared to wear protective clothing, such as respirators, gloves, coveralls, etc. For further information on the health and safety requirements for the coatings and solvents you wish to use we strongly advised you to contact your local coating supplier. If possible, go the extra step and look for this information on the website of the product vendor.


Jim Burke

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