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Old 01-13-2010, 08:41 PM   #1
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Melamine paint for Vanity?


I am having a wood bathroom vanity spraypainted as I want a professional finish and then plan to put on a travertine top. The painter has suggested using white melamine paint but I am leery. I don't want my cabinet to look plastic- just professional like the decorator shows such as Sarah Richardson. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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pretty sure that you can get melamine in a semi gloss, possibly flat as well.
works well. I use it for refacing kitchen cabinets.

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Melamine sounds like overkill for this to me. I would use two coats of a nice acrylic, sheen and color of your choice, over a nice layer of primer.

Melamine is great for sticking to laminates and surfaces previously painted with it. It can produce a nice durable finish. It does tend to chip and look crappy when it does though and I suspect this could be a possibility with bathroom vanity. Melamine is not tintable last time I checked. You have to pick a factory color?
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nope, tintable. and there is a water-based melamine, too.
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Thanks for the input- greatly appreciated. I had looked on the contractor forum and it was filled with techie mixes of resins and hardeners and other stuff - I could not understand what they were talking about. I was happy to find this forum.
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Do find a paint, not a box store, to discuss this further.
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I just returned from my Benjamin Moore store where the owner aka guru told me my choices were
1. Melamine - nice finish, durable will yellow
2. Latex - less durable, will not yellow
3. Oil - will yellow so might as well use melamine

So melamine it is.

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