What Kind of Paint to Use on Countertops?

With frequent usage and passage of time, your countertops start losing their shine and charm. To rejuvenate the appearance of these very important components of the bathrooms and the kitchen, you need not replace them with new countertops. There is still the option of painting them that can save you a lot of money. Before you start the project, you will need to understand the process and need to know what kind of paint to use on countertops so that you can get the right equipment ready.

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While it is easier to paint a laminate countertop, painting a granite or quartz countertop is more cumbersome as it involves the use of industrial chemicals and tools. Though not impossible, the painting of such surfaces is very time consuming and not an easy DIY project.

Painting a Laminate Countertop:

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If you have a laminate countertop, which is beginning to look icky, you can start its makeover by sanding it down. You will need to wipe away any dust with a damp cloth and then dry the surface completely. The next step is to paint the countertop with a 100% acrylic primer with the help of a paint roller. A paint roller is recommended for imparting a smooth finish to your artwork.

Next, apply one or two coats of the paint, as required, and allow it to dry. Once completely dry, you will need to seal the countertop surface with polyurethane. To ensure smoothness, you will need to sand the surface once again. Wipe and dry the countertop before applying another layer of polyurethane. Repeat the sanding and cleaning process and apply the third layer. Sand and clean again for the final finish.

You can use flat latex paint for your DIY countertop project. It is available in a large variety of colors and finishes. This allows you to impart many different looks to your countertops. And you also have the flexibility of changing the look as many times as you wish.

There are kits available for the transformation of your countertops that include adhesive base coat, design tools and a protective top coat that can help you give many different appearances to your countertop. You can make a regular laminate countertop look like an expensive granite countertop as well. These save you the trouble of replacing damaged or old countertops and give them a new lease of life.

Revamping countertops can be a time-consuming project, but the end result makes it worth the trouble.


The author is a part of one of the leading construction company who has been working on various International projects. He expresses his views regularly through his personal blog.

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