How do you refurbish a Formica tabletop?
Can you sand a Formica top table?
Sand the entire Formica surface with 220-grit sandpaper. Smooth the areas where you used wood filler so that they are even with the rest of the surface. Sanding the surface will allow your oil-based primer to adhere to the surface of the Formica.
How do you refinish a laminate top table?
Formica furniture can be refinished just like pieces with real wood top surfaces. The key is to use a high quality primer that will adhere well to the laminate surface. The coats of primer and paint will fill scratch marks from the sandpaper.
Lightly sand the Formica top to remove burn marks or scorching. Apply a laminate repair product that allows you to match the surface appearance of your dining room table, as sanding may change its look. Apply furniture polish when dry. The steps used for repairing a tabletop also work for a Formica countertop.
You canNOT stain laminate. It's not wood! The stain has nothing to soak into, and will literally sit on top of the laminate and never fully dry.
The best way to change the style of the existing Formica countertop is to stain or paint the surface. A good Formica stain can create a sleek surface, hide tiny flaws or bring back the shine on a dull expanse of countertop.
Laminate is very smooth and shiny so you MUST sand or the paint and the gel stain won't stick. You can use a sanding block, or just a piece of sandpaper.
Prepping Formica Countertops for Staining or Painting
A good Formica stain paint will roll on easily and smoothly across the surface of a well-prepped countertop. Continue to sand until the glossy surface is completely removed and the Formica is dull in appearance.
Use a plastic laminate restoration product such as Gel-Gloss to hide surface scratches and restore shine and color. This product is available at most home improvement and hardware stores and should be applied to the counter using a dry cloth.
"Yes" Formica® countertops can be painted and over time people have used latex paints, epoxies, and even cans of enamel spray paint. A Miracle Method refinished countertop will look better, last longer, and feel better than any attempt at painting a kitchen countertop using DIY refinishing kits.
Step 1: Choose your Formica paint color
You've asked the question, “can you paint Formica?” You've learned the answer is yes! The next part may be the most exciting – choosing your Formica paint color. Make sure to choose a semi-gloss or high-gloss enamel paint.
Apply polyurethane layers. Choose a satin or glossy polyurethane to give the kitchen laminate countertops a high-end look and feel. Allow each layer to dry between coats completely.
Use a palm sander with 220 grit sandpaper and sand the top in the direction of the grain. You don't need to sand too much, just enough to add some “tooth” for the paint to stick to. After sanding, clean the surface again with a soft clean cloth. If the base of your table is in poor condition, go ahead and sand it too.
The truth is, laminate, Formica®, and Wilsonart® are basically the same; laminate is the material while Formica® and Wilsonart® are the brand names. Both brands come in a wide range of colors and patterns and are widely marketed for kitchen countertops, bathroom vanities, and bar counters.
To paint Formica countertops, you'll need to use a strong durable paint like laminate paint, interior acrylic paint, or a two-part epoxy paint that's water based. Once you have your paint, apply 2 coats of a primer, which will help the paint adhere to the countertops.
Depending on the type of table top and finish you're working with, you could get away with lightly sanding or repainting the table to give it a new look. We successfully stripped the varnish and stain and refinished the table top over a few days.
Fortunately for those with laminate cabinets, gel stain works well on a variety of surfaces other than real wood — allowing you to stain your cabinets without leaving them a streaky, splotchy mess. You could choose to use Minwax Polyshades to stain laminate, or a similar brand.
Gel stains are thick stain that you apply to a wood surface. Unlike traditional stains that soak into the wood creating a new color, gel stains are applied to the surface of wood and can be built up similar to a paint. Unlike paint, gel stains still allow you to feel the underlying texture of the wood.
The Gel-Gloss Story:
Highly recommended for use on acrylics, Corian, porcelain, ceramic, Formica and stainless steel surfaces. Works great on tubs, vanities, sinks, showers, spas and countertops.
Annie Sloan Chalk Paint will adhere beautifully to laminate. All I do is clean my piece to remove any residue or dirt and then apply the paint. Once again, laminate top.