Asked on Oct 24, 2017

Can you paint melamine?

WilliamCynthia HKay27246977


I have three chests of drawers, white and very boring. I can change the knobs but I want to get rid of the plasticky look as well. If you can, what type of paint and is there anything I can do to "soften" the edges?

5 answers
  • Johnavallance82
    on Oct 24, 2017

    ESP Primer, then undercoat and then Topcoat (Satin)
  • Kay27246977
    on Oct 24, 2017

    you can probably use any paint on it and a sealer

  • William
    on Oct 25, 2017

    Make sure they are clean and dry. Remove the drawers and hardware. Lightly sand to remove any gloss and roughen the surface for paint with 120- to 220-grit sandpaper. Use a tack cloth or damp rag to remove dust after sanding. Prime with a stain blocking primer like Zinsser 123, KILZ,or BIN. Acrylic, or water-base, paints are low-fume and clean up easily with water. Alkyd, or oil-base, paints require good ventilation because the paint contains solvents that can irritate your lungs and make you feel sick. Alkyd options require mineral spirits for cleanup, but they provide a hard, durable paint finish. Whichever you use, buy the best-quality paint you can afford for a lasting kitchen cabinet finish. Seal with at least three coats with a water based polyurethane. Use a small foam roller and foam brush for a smooth finish.
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