Hi Barb. Hope this answers the question about staining laminate. Good luck Staining laminate furniture can be problematic: Laminate is not made from wood; it is a plastic material printed with a wood grain, so traditional liquid stains meant for wood can't absorb into the material. ... Polyurethane stain will only work to darkenlaminate furniture. How to Stain Laminate Furniture | Hunker
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Thank you. Improbably try the poly with stain. I'm going to try on the legs first to see how it works before the top.
Hello Barb! No stain for a laminate table top. Stain is meant to soak into wood. Stain
would just sit on top of the laminate, take a long time to dry and be easily wiped off. It would never last. This article suggests you can use a tinted polyurethane product which is basically polyurethane with stain color in it. You would have to do several coats as the first coat or two is quite streaky. Minwax Polyshades is a tinted poly product that comes in many colors. I have tried this twice on wood furniture. I am not a fan of it--I prefer to stain and then poly BUT it may work really well for laminate. I usedPolyShades in Expresso for the WOOD projects I was working on. Nice color!
I think you could with gel stain. I use it all the time to stain over sealed wood, and people use it often on non wood surfaces. Its. I stained over our oak laminate bathroom cabinets in our old house. I always use General Finishes gel stain.
They frequently do use the gel stains on non-wood surfaces, and then run a wood grain tool over it to make it look like wood. You first paint the item with the color of the grain that would show thru the gel stain, and then select a darker gel stain to paint on top and use the graining tool. This is not a table but you will get the idea.... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F12rzALu1EI