Can you stencil over laminate without priming and painting it first?

by Kit
I have 2 white 6ft double door laminated cabinets that I would like to stencil in an art deco design to use in my bedroom as extra clothes storage.
  3 answers
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Mar 24, 2016
    If you do not prime first the stencil will not adhere properly.
  • William William on Mar 24, 2016
    Laminate needs to be primed before any painting. Laminate is a man-made shiny, smooth, non-porous material that is like a ‘print’ or ‘photo’ of wood grain or white. Clean the surface with vinegar and water. Let dry thoroughly. Lightly sand with 150-220 grit sandpaper to sand the laminate because it’s the BEST way to get the primer and paint to adhere properly. Trust me…this step will ensure your paint job lasts. Sand lightly. You just want to scuff the surface to take down the gloss. Use B.I.N shellac based primer. I really like this primer because it has super adhesion for shiny surfaces including tiles. A few of my other favorite primers are KILZ and Zinsser.When you choose a primer to paint laminate, just make sure it says for shiny surfaces. One coat of primer should be sufficient. After you stencil, protect and seal your work. I like Minwax Wipe-On poly or a clear paste wax.
  • Patty Patty on Mar 24, 2016
    I would prime with a primer that has a do ding agent in it,,I use Zinsser, I have painted all kinds of laminate with it and it seems to bond the best. Good luck!