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Old 12-17-2010, 10:41 PM   #1
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So I have this POS built-in vanity made of press wood with a fake wood looking laminate glued on top. Because I am poor I need to paint it change the sink/faucet/knobs instead of just replacing. Can someone tell me how I should prepare the laminate surface for paint and what kind of paint I should use?

Steps I think needed???
1. Clean it (special laminate cleaner/thinner?)
2. Sand it (borrow palm sander with what grit(s)?)
3. Prime it (special type i.e. oil based or what not?)
4. Paint it (special type? how many coats?)
5. Clear coat/sealer (needed or not and any special type?)

I am not going to lie this would be the first time I have ever really done anything like this. If I am missing something please fill me in...

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Old 12-17-2010, 11:02 PM   #2
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Hi - Quite a project. Cleaning is a definite must. Would use a good liquid cleaner, ie. 409 or similar. Maybe a wipe down with denatured alcohol but be careful, stuff is highly flammable. Sanding - I think just a scuff up with something like a 180 grit should be sufficient. The key here IMHO is going to be the primer. I would recommend using Zinnser BIN, a tinted shellac based primer. It's available at Home Depot and I have seen it at Wally World. Don't get the water base stuff. This is also flammable and use with adequate ventilation. It cleans up with either alcohol or ammonia. For an inexpensive but reasonably good top coat, Krylon has a line of cabinet enamels that does a pretty good job and comes in Satin or Gloss. That's also available at Wally World in quarts which should be about all you need for that.

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I don't know if I'd bother cleaning THAT thing up!

By the time you threw money & elbow-grease into all that work, you could've found a "seconds" unit. Maybe even a slightly damaged one, and be WAAAAY ahead appearance-wise!
Maybe a "Re-store" kinda place is worth checking??

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OK, I've actually done this once, about a hundred years ago.....and it wasn't worth the time and energy. It can be done...use a concrete etching compound (available at Home Depot type places by the gallon), scuff with 80 grit paper by hand...not a palm sander...then paint. The finished project will be unsighlty, and the paint will be prone to chipping...very prone.

Please do yourself the favor of checking your local craigslist materials section. You can get one for about $50 and be done with it. Home Depot was running a sale for a stand alone vanity with sink for that price a couple weeks ago. By the time you buy sand paper, etching compound, paint, brushes, and tape, you'll be over that price anyway.

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If you're dead set on painting, Krylon is the only way to go.....
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Thanks for the replies guys...I have this thread up on a couple DIY forums and looks like its not worth it...In the beginning I wanted to just rip it out and put in one of those stand alone ones just wasnt sure I could find one for the right price...Thanks again
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Hey

These people have been around a while and specialize in your issue. Check them out at http://www.ximbonder.com/products_detail.asp?id=33 .



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Whoa!
I just re-read my post and it sounded kinda snooty!

My apologies to the OP if you took any offense!

To clarify...
If you pay yourself a small "wage", factor-in all the supplies, AND consider all the grunt work....it then becomes "Monetarily not worth it".
And, as Starkenwolf hinted at, the end-durability will be only so-so.

Have fun hunting for "new" one. Basic vanities @ Menards, etc., are pretty reasonable.

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