by Ron Joseph
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
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
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.