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Old 03-05-2011, 10:17 PM   #1
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Spraypainting melamine shelves

I bought a few sheets of white melamine cut them to length and everything, Now I'm wondering if I could paint the shelves a different colour!!! It's for shelves in a shop so the finish doesn't have to be perfect. Would an aerosol spray paint can work? I have a gravity gun also but would be too much work for what it is!!!



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Not sure about the quality of the bond you would get with a typical spray over melamine. If you're hell bent, apply a coat of Zinsser spray or BIN shellac spray first, then finish. These are spray bonding primers. Or, and it's worth a check, try a spray called Fusion, believe it's made by Krylon. It's made for plastic, so it probably has some bonding power and might work on melamine. What, you don't like white?


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There is now a paint on the market specifically for painting melamine and such laminate surfaces. I have used Benjamin Moore's Melamine Paint with good results. It is an alkyd (oil-based) product and although it is difficult to apply (very thick), it adheres well and seems to be very durable.
I have also seen Cabinet Rescue brand sold at The Home Depot, but it is a water-based product, and I'm not sure if it would be as durable.

Anyway, it is a specialty paint with a specialty price - $20-$25 for a quart!

But if you have a reasonable amount of shelving, it would be worth not having to deal with chipping and peeling paint down the road.

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Old 03-06-2011, 08:22 AM   #4
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Why not just buy plywood shelving, prime it, and paint it the color you want? Seems like a wasted purchase if you bought melaminine shelving & want to paint it. I don't think you'll get satisfactory results.
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Hey Audiotekm,
Why not give them a light sand to scuff the surface and use oil base floor enamel or Sherwin Williams oil base "industrial enamel"? Drys hard. If it's just for the shop, save your money. The other suggestions were good but more time intensive.
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