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Old 07-14-2012, 06:36 PM   #1
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Help! The house I just bought has old Formica counter tops. I will be replacing them in about a year or so but as for now they really need some help. They are white and have stains. I was kind of hoping to do a quick sanding, primer and some kind of paint to get me through the year. This years budget is going towards floors and bathrooms. Since the kitchen is functional I was hoping to spend very little, or maybe even make due with what I already have on hand. I would just wait but I'm kind of ashamed for others to see them. Can someone please tell me if this is even possible and if so if it will hold up for a year with regular use. Have children that don't always clean up spills like they should. Please any advice would help!

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Can you paint it sure, will it hold up no.
New tops would not be all that expencive if you just went with new formica preformed tops.
Check out the ones at HD that look like stone and have roman ogee edges on the front and back not the ugly old style rolled edges.

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Some people posting on this site have good things to say about the Rustoleum countertop refinising product. I have no experience with it but Rustoleum is usually pretty honest about product claims.



Melamine paint is designed to go over laminates but it chips easily.

I would be worried about any paint or film on a kitchen countertop flaking off into a salad or something but I should keep an open mind I guess.

There are also products like those from Granite Transformations that are overlays. They slip over existing countertops. They look nice and if you can believe the hype are supposed to be strong as the real thing. I never used them on a project but know people who did and they were happy.

As Joe suggests, looking into replacement laminate countertops might be worth it. I know everybody wants stone these days but there are some nice looking laminate materials out there.
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Good grief, does ANYONE actually READ the OP's posts before answering?

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replacing them in about a year

This years budget

spend very little

Yes, you can and should just paint them! They'll look halfway decent for the next year until you replace them. Of course with kids, they'll get a few scratches, but they should be fine until you can afford better. Good luck!

Come on guys, this isn't a race to see who can "answer" the most posts the fastest.... *sheesh*

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If you are really going to replace them in a year, I wouldn't touch them. It just isn't worth the expense or hassle for that timeframe.

If someone looks agast at them, even if they are burnt orange, just explain to them that you don't care for them, but you have other priorities. If they can't handle that, show them out of the house.

Deal with the ugly counter tops rather than risking a bigger mess and headhache by using the wrong paint, or spending the money for the right paint, but not getting your money's worth out of it.

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Thanks everyone for all the input. If I do decide to paint I will let you all know how it goes!
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Now, if I do paint, how do I do it. Clean, light sanding, primer, paint and waterproof clear coat, then a little silicone caulk around sink? What kind of primer (kilz or something else?). Thanks again, you all are great!!!
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For just a year, you could just spray paint it!

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Okay, just kidding, yes, you should do as you suggested.

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Ok Joker, what kind of paint? Latex?
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See post #3 for that answer from a REAL painter.

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I uses the rustoleum countertop coatings as a temp solution on my horrible white counters and was very pleased with results it is about $10 a qt and comes in a variety of colors. It is in paint dept at big box store. I followed directions on can no primer needed. I used the foam rollers.
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Cool Man! From what I can see here they look pretty good. Thanks Bunches and Bunches.
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If you try the Rustoleum product make sure it is within the expiration date. Nothing worse than epoxy finishes that will not cure. Do not skimp on prep.

If you must paint, scruff up the surface with fine grit paper. Apply a high bond latex primer. Then put on two coats of finish.

I would still look into Melamine paint.

Or as was suggested in prior post. See if you can possibly live with the countertops for a year and save your money for what you really want.

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