Asked on Jan 15, 2013

Painting over laminate?

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I have super old plastic laminate covered cabinet doors. I would like to paint them with chalkboard paint. Is this possible?
5 answers
  • 3po3
    on Jan 16, 2013

    Hi Chaya, I painted over a laminate-coated desk with magnetic primer and chalkboard paint without a problem. I just sanded the surface to scuff it up a little bit, then painted. Here's the results: I definitely recommend primer. You don't have to go magnetic, of course, but it worked for me. However, if I recall from a previous post, you are in a rental. This is going to be hard to undo when you move out, if needed.

  • Redoux Interiors
    on Jan 17, 2013

    I agree, just scuff the surface. I usually like to use a primer over laminate unless I am using a chalk based paint. Different from chalkboard paint. You can literally paint over anything, there is always a product to make the paint stick. Good luck!

  • Seidman Paperhanging
    on Jan 17, 2013

    My primer of choice would be Zinnser's BIN it's a pigmented shellac and is really tough. Use a throw-away brush or use amonia & water for clean-up

  • LandlightS
    on Jan 17, 2013

    Sherwin-Williams has a primer that works great on laminate. Just don't remember the name. No need to scuff the surface of the laminate with this product. Good luck, Gary

  • Reinvented Collection
    on Jan 18, 2013

    Yes you can use a chalk paint over laminate, however you really want to sand the shine off the laminate and give it a good scruff down with TSP or hot water with lemon juice. The lemon juice cuts any oil residue efficiently.

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