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by Ron Joseph

November, 2003

Painting Over Formica

Q. I just bought a new apartment and it has a formica countertop.I don't like it too much and I will like to know if I can paint it and with what kind of paint.

A. Yes you can paint the formica surface, however it will not be as resistant as the formica itself.

Clean the surface of any household contaminates such as food particles, grease, and oils. Abrade the surface with sand paper such as 220 grit. Remove the sanding dust, and paint the surface with an epoxy coating. The epoxies are known for very good durability, good chemical resistance, along with good adhesion to the surface.

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.

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