Kim Holly McCoy
Kim Holly McCoy
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  • Deatsville, AL
Asked on Oct 14, 2017

Paint acrylic or urethane to make my Formica shine?

Dolores DeLuiseSarah E CarrollKim Humber


What can I paint on my formica to make it shine like granite? Sprays to shine up laminate don't work I want hard shine plyurethane maybe?
9 answers
  • Johnavallance82
    on Oct 14, 2017

    Telephone a manufacturer and ask for advise. Technical Dept..
  • Linda Sikut
    on Oct 14, 2017

    If you use paint, you're going to lose the beautiful countertop color you have. I'm thinking maybe you meant paint more as a method than as a product. I found a short article by Bob Vila which explains how he used Minwax Polycrylic to renew the finish on his laminate countertop, I would guess that it would work the same on Formica because it's a brand name for a laminate. Here's what he wrote:

    BTW, I don't think his pictures are very helpful because you can't see what he did due to the color of the countertop. But his wording is good so go by that.

    Best of luck on your project!
  • Ebbjdl
    on Oct 14, 2017

    First, call a Homedepot or Lowe's paint department. Tell them what look you want the counter tops, and they can tell you which product will give you that look.
  • Momma Z
    on Oct 14, 2017

    Polycrilic I believe will work without yellowing.
  • Dorothy Hope
    on Oct 14, 2017

    My old gray formica counter tops in the half bath were boring and damaged. I painted with pearlized white acrylic paint from Hobby Lobby (about 3 coats) followed by another 3 coats of clear polyurethane. The polyurethane gave it a slightly yellowish cast, but it's still a big improvement, I think. Then, I did the same thing to my sink using gold acrylic paint; all under $20.00.
  • Kim Humber
    on Oct 14, 2017

    They make wax for formica countertops. I would try that first.
  • Sarah E Carroll
    on Oct 14, 2017

    When I was installing new countertops my contractor suggested automobile wax there are some that do not require much buffing . . AND BTW: Use some rainx on shower walls to prevent hard water spots!

  • Dolores DeLuise
    on Oct 14, 2017

    Take a look at some Youtube videos showing how to use resin; you may like the look.
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