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by Ron Joseph

March, 2004

Painting Formica Counter Tops

Q. What kind of paint would you use to paint formica kitchen counter tops?

A. Some folks have had good luck when painting Formica counter tops. I recommend that you clean the surface that you desire to paint with a good cleaner/degreaser such as 409 cleaner. After cleaning then lightly sand with a fine grit sand paper like 320 grit, again wash the counter surface with the cleaner/degreaser to remove any sanding dust and to insure that the surface is good and clean.

After the surface has been cleaned and is thoroughly dry, then you can coat the surface with a two part epoxy coating. I recommend that you stop in an visit your local paint center and discuss this project with them. I am certain that they have the products you need to complete the task.

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.

Be sure that you have good ventilation when working in an enclosed area such as your kitchen.


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