Latex paint is recommended for laminate surface painting projects because of its durability and smooth finish. I know it was purchased a long time ago, but I would love to find the same unit or one similar. Opt instead for a roller, sprayer, or a paint pad for a streak-free finish. I used a flat latex paint and let it completely dry, so no problems with anything sticking to the paint. It is the BEST primer and a must when painting over many surfaces. However, if you use a cheap roller and cheap brush (my combo costs less than $2 dollars), you can toss them out when you’re done and not have to worry about cleaning your brush or roller with mineral spirits. I love it against the wall color. This is a much nicer option than buying new stuff. It looks great but I’m not sure for how long. High Schools can always use left over paint fro painting props so if the paint isn’t too old, call and offer it to the drama dept. I’m really disappointed with the result. Awesome!! :), I’m baaaaa-aaaaaack! And thanks for the primer tips. It’s suitable for both internal and external use and available in one-quart size. Poor husband was not happy when he came home (from living it up in California, I might add) and saw what I’d done :). I’m THRILLED to find this out!!!! Did you peel it all off first? Remove knobs, pulls, and other visible cabinet hardware before painting laminate cabinets for smooth paint application without obstructions. Copyright © 2020 Acton Media Inc. All rights reserved. Hi Abby, you can use any spray paint over the oil based primer, I like the RustOleum brand. I want to paint a couple of laminate pieces I have, but I don’t want my hubby to be able to say that ever annoying, “I told you so.” lol =) Anyway, thank you! After seeing your photos, I’m definitely encouraged! Hi Jones, Zinsser makes a low VOC water based primer, but it doesn’t cling as well to laminates IMHO. My projects will be a 3 panel hinged shutter screen and a small desk. Any ideas? Hi Ansley, you can always layer latex or oil based paint over oil based primer, but it doesn’t work that well the other way around – I wouldn’t put oil based paint on top of latex primer, but most of the water based paints these days are so great there’s no need to use oil based paints, the modern enamels are especially nice for furniture. No ordinary primer will do. Can’t wait to give it a shot! This inspired me to paint my entertainment center. With excellent adhesion properties, it is suitable as a primer, sealer and undercoat. “This resin-based primer is a sealer as well, so nothing bleeds through. :) I can’t get over the gorgeousness of that chocolate & white pillow…yum! I have bookmarked this post for future project reference. http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=387698.0. OMG! I had primed it, then painted it and then, when it was too late, I realized you good scrap off the paint with a fingernail……..so disappointing! Kate, Do you put any kind of finish on afterwards? Try sanding it down in the problem spots and reapplying. And to repaint them how do I get the old paint off of a laminate surface to try again? But yes indeedy…laminate can be happily painted…good step by steps! And for those of you who are wondering, yes the giant map is still there, just on the opposite wall ! I swear by Zinsser primer – it’s like a miracle in a can. I am eager to try this out and would love to pain an old laminate table with a metallic (silver) paint. I love the amazing results that can be achieved with paint. To create a strong bond between the paint and your cabinet, you’ll need to roughen up the slick laminate with the help of a gritty companion: sandpaper. I thought you might be able to use it on laminate furniture but your way is probably much more economically sound. I’m actually wanting to do the same to mine but i would like to use metallic paints to give it that old hollywood mirrored effect. A coat of Polycrylic will help protect your paint job, but I didn’t deem it necessary in this case. Love this post. I was just about to tackle the daunting project of painting 3 HUGE (and ugly) laminate bookshelves we inherited from my in-laws. KILZ Adhesion is a unique latex primer developed to bond securely on slick surfaces where a traditional water or oil-base primer will not adhere. Yes isn’t it great Jennifer! Question for you, though. :) Thanks so much! Thank you so much for this post! Now they’re tan, and it looks fabulous :), Thanks for the post! I love your blog. Fabulous! Looks like a million bucks! But it’s good to have some on hand anyway just to get any paint off your hands ! Thanks :). Primer is a water-base, modified-acrylic primer specifically formulated to bond to a variety of "tough to paint" surfaces. do you wish you would have painted the pieces sooner??? I guess it just shows that if you use the correct products, you can paint almost anything. Do you think that would work just as well without sanding the dresser first? Hi Patty, I used Zinsser Cover Stain (with Penetrol additive) to paint my kitchen island, no scuffs to date and it’s been two years. I only needed one coat. Kate. Since laminate is a cheap surface that is often very slick and smooth, you need a product that will really “grip” and adhere to the cabinets. The island was painted wood, not laminate, but I’ve used the Zinsser CS on several laminate projects (entertainment center, credenza, shelving) and have been very pleased with the way it holds up. Thank you for the primer tips. I am featuring this at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com. Love it! Common concerns when painting laminate furniture are:1. What a difference! I was wondering what I had done wrong with the bookshelf I just painted a week ago. ). looks great! :) I can usually find them for anywhere from 0.25 to $1.00 at yard sales or Salvation Army. We painted an old laminate bookcase this weekend. I did read Lindseys post on painting laminate so that I could start painting a cheap-o credenza for our office. This time to say that my laminate experiment was a success! Oh how I wish I would have learned this a year ago! Good luck! Donna. :), Kate that looks so much better! Where do you find the time to do it all??? Back in the 90s, we used it in our family room to store all of our media equipment, but then we eventually moved it to the kids’ play space. It turned out great. Your cabinets came out gorgeous!!! I bought some lime green spray paint (Valspar for PLASTICS) and it worked great. Do you think I should have the primer tinted to a darker color? The laminate or high gloss lacquer is now ready for a coat of Dulux Supergrip primer. Tips for preparing for Dulux Supergrip primer a – The chemists would probably say the Supergrip is grippy enough for the laminate not to need sanding beforehand, but – sanding wet does more than provide a slightly roughed up surface for priming. Kate. I do believe they are laminet and they are glossy. Testing its bonding capabilities before diving into an entire paint job could save you from a case of peeling paint down the road—and the need to redo hours of work. I used the cover stain primer over a large desk that I thought might be to glossy for just my homemade chalk paint to adhere to. You agree that BobVila.com may process your data in the manner described by our Privacy Policy. Another thing on my extremely long to-do list (I haven’t even gotten to my piano yet) are laminate bookshelves and entertainment center. Thanks also for the tip on the oil based primer. Did you sand between coats of primer or just slap another coat on top of the first one? The last time I painted laminate was about 12 years ago. it’s a great product to use…highly recommend it! If I use the mentioned oil based primer, what type of spray paint would I use? I have a dresser that desperately needs some paint, and you’ve given me much needed inspiration. The media center looks awesome, what a difference! May I ask what color green is on the walls of this room? Check out this post on Our Suburban Cottage ! Make sure you invest in the right primer. I love the look of white cabinets and think it would really brighten up my kitchen. Awesome post! I’ll have to repaint them and this time with an oil based primer. Hey there I was wondering what about cabinets? Will the paint scratch off when pulling books of the shelf? I spied a gallon can of Zinnser Stain blocker/primer and wondering now how long that would keep or if I should just take it to landfill. Now, I must log off my computer and go paint my ugly laminate kitchen countertops! I am so excited about this post. Hi Kate! Oh, and what color did you use on your kitchen cabinets? thank you for sharing!!! Accepts all Stone Coat Countertop Epoxy products. Now for some paint shopping!! Plus, it’s very thin so it doesn’t create a build-up like some thicker primers can (no need for penetrol!). The only problem is you need to clean up with Denatured Alcohol, but that is the same issue as with oil-based, just a different solvent. Thanks for sharing. It was made for painting smooth an slick surfaces like laminate furniture, glass, and metal, but it was also made to be eco-friendly and water-based. Hello, I’m Kate! Loving the laminate painting info and the unit looks great. One thing at a time for me. Thank you – now I cannot wait to get working! And how do you prevent brush strokes? Roll your primer on your piece of furniture, then follow up with a brush in all the crevices. It looks great. And then I never finished the inside “ceilings” of the cubbies because I was just exhausted. Took 3 cans and lots of coats but you only have to wait 5-10 minutes between coats. I have an Expedit book case in black (which I regret) but the kids put all their toys in it and slide baskets in and out. For choosing the right primer for your countertop, you can take the advice of an expert in this field. i wish my goodwill had good items like the ones you find. Thanks for the tip! OMG, thank you so much for the how to. Thanks for this article! Can’t wait to start this project tonight!! Totally dig your blog!! ;), Hi Jenn, I mentioned a sewing machine in this post, I hope it’s the one you were thinking of. My girls have bunches of Disney movies on VHS too. I did have toddlers once and yes, painting during naptime was a habit back then~ I am really concerned about brush strokes but it is a rather large piece. I have some awful kitchen cabinets that I have been putting off painting because I didn’t want to sand. A giant big THANK YOU and kindest regards from Germany! Did you put anything over your paint on this project? So just follow your steps? Kate. So it was time to rid my world of the maple tone and give it a fresh coat of white paint. or should I just follow these instructions? Oh no! And is it true for laminate furniture? I made the pillow cover with some Annie Selke fabric. At Lowe’s, we have a variety of primer brands to choose from including Zinsser primer, Rust-Oleum primer and more. Types of Primer . You just can’t beat the price, and I don’t have the heart to throw out good disney movies just because they are on tape. Also I’m a big believer in scuffing up a piece first with a sanding wedge to “open the pores” to help the primer grab on. I was dreading having to sand laminate (in like… a year from now). it helps break down the oil in the paint and I rub it on my hands and then wash off with a hand soap…it may take a few goes to get it all off, but it saves my skin getting dried out by the chemical paint remover ;). Laminate doesn’t play well with all primers and paints, only those specially formulated to adhere to its picky surface. Since currently unemployed The best primer for laminate kitchen cabinets I also recommend the Sherwin Williams Extreme Bond Primer. I’ve got a few pieces of laminate that I’ll be practicing on eventually now! Filed Under: Before + After, DIY, Organization179 Comments ». I am about to embark on my first laminate painting job, and you’ve given me great hope that it can be a success. Is this primer what I need to do the table to stop the cracking? Thanks so much for this. Hello Kate, I’m writing you from Argentina (sorry if my English is not so good!!) It is the bathroom vanity and I was wondering if there was an extra step like a finishing coat of something I should add being that it is the bathroom (steam, water splashes, etc). ), Hey Melanie! Awesome after!!! 2. I should have just used the chalk paint. Then, rinse with fresh water and dry the cabinets completely. Kate, thank you so much for this tutorial! Dang, Girl….You just don’t ever stop. I think I am going to dive in and five it a try. Would you happen to remember the discount furniture store you got it from? Here's the Best Bonding Primers for Laminate! This looks GREAT! #2.Rust-Oleum Bondz Maximum Adhesion Primer. Sand your primed piece with medium grade sanding pad to remove any drips, buildup or brush marks. And, I also have this piece of furniture (a wardrobe). I did have a question… when painting the piece after priming, do you use the roller or just a brush? But before it fully cures, the paint remains sticky and may peel off easily if two painted surfaces bump against each other. By the time I let the first coat cure, I had moved on to other projects and there it still sits (only partially primed!) Prime your laminate dresser with 2 coats of bonding primer for the best results. Thanks for doing that tutorial. Being water-soluble, Valspar Bonding Primer-Sealer easily cleans up or thins with water. I want to paint my laminate bookshelf. Even after you have scuff-sanded it, and even if you are using chalk paint. Never heard of bonding primer? Hi, I’m proud of myself for being so patient (OMW, it’s so hard!! I hate to clean up with mineral spirits too, so I also toss the brushes (stealthily) in the trash. Bonding primer tends to be thick, so for the smoothest application, a foam roller is best. Getting ready to do some bookcases for my office, and I need to make sure it will be pretty durable. I have been a fool. Bravo! You can use the water based version by Zinsser in the blue can, but you really need to sand your surface beforehand, and you also must wait for the water based version to fully cure, which is a recommended 7 days. Performs like an industrial solvent primer. (Though I think I have to wait to do it til after the baby is born since it’s an oil based product.). If you don’t want to keep harmful materials like mineral spirits around you can use plain coconut or cooking oil to remove the oil paint from your hands. I will be doing this on the weekend! Is there a specific type of paint roller that you use for painting furniture or do you do all of it by paint brush or spray paint? I love the way your cabinet came out (so cute AND organized!). Got laminate countertops ? Yes Kevin the primer serves the purpose of bonding the paint to the laminate surface. You can mask metal on the hinges with painter’s tape and paint the doors in place, or, if the hinges are visible and removable, take the doors down from the cabinets and paint them separately on a work bench or sawhorse. GREAT JOB!!! I’m with you on the VHS movies – so cheap and we already had an old TV/VCR combo. Many people have laminate! I will do a follow up with you. IKOpro Quick Dry Bitumen Primer is a deep penetrating bituminous solution for stabilising dusty and porous surfaces prior to the application of IKO roofing systems. we do not want to sand or prime it…will the paint stick? PVA primer seals the surface of drywall and provides a good base for paint. They are beautiful. Thanks for sharing your tip! Priming laminate furniture with a bonding primer is the only way to really get the paint to stick to laminate furniture. Thank you for the inspiration, and for giving me the confidence to try this daunting project. Bravo!!! It’s the fakeness that bothers me. 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