Asked on Apr 03, 2016

How do I change my laminate countertop from matte to gloss?

Cyndie S
by Cyndie S
The countertop is from Lowes, it is a fake black granite look in matte finish. I want to add sheen to it so it looks more realistic.
  10 answers
  • William William on Apr 03, 2016
    Shining With Polishing Products Protect your hands with rubber gloves. Dip a soft, clean, cotton cloth into paste car wax. Apply the wax to a clean countertop, rubbing in a circular motion. Allow the wax to sit for about 10 minutes. Wipe the counter with a clean cotton cloth to remove excess wax. You can also use REJUVENATE KITCHEN & BATH Countertop Polish along with many others. Of course these are only temporary and will have to be redone.
  • Janet chambers Janet chambers on Apr 04, 2016
    I would purchase a Giani paint kit (80.00). You could add a little color if you wanted and the top coat makes it very shiny.
  • Camoline Camoline on Apr 04, 2016
    If this is laminate you can actually apply glossy polyurethane, which is actually the finish coat for the countertop re-do kits you see on the market. Before your final coat (it might need 2 or 3 thin coats of the poly) sprinkle a little bit of extra extra fine glitter around on the counter top that will give it a shimmer when the light hits it and appear like granite. Look in the craft dept. for the extra extra fine glitter. Good luck!
  • Janice James Janice James on Apr 04, 2016
    Cheap trick use coconut oil it is safe, doesn't peel off or chip, you would have to reapply if you use cleansers...but like I said it's cheap. I use it on my stained bar top, and chopping board.
  • John Craven John Craven on Apr 04, 2016
    Granite Transformation.
  • KatAych KatAych on Apr 04, 2016
    We coated our countertops with Envirotex Lite - very easy to use, self levels to a thick 1/8" finish, and is very reflective and glassy.
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    • KatAych KatAych on Apr 11, 2016
      @B. Enne Honestly, it was NO PROBLEM at all!!! We bought a plumber's torch for the bubbles, and yes, I was concerned about dust, too! I swept and dusted thoroughly before we did it, and we left the windows and doors closed as well! Went shopping for a few hours and when we came back - VOILA! :-p
  • Jean Myles Jean Myles on Apr 04, 2016
    There is a product called Famowood Glaze coat it is like 70 coats of varnish. I haven't used it but a friend who does wood carving uses it and his pieces look like they are glass. He gets it from
    • Denise Caruso Denise Caruso on Jul 15, 2018

      It looks like it's only a pour-on glaze, though. How does your friend use it on wood carving? Can it be painted on? Thanks!

  • Teresa Teresa on Apr 11, 2016
    This looks like an interesting product. I was thinking about using it on my mothers counter to seal it.
  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Jan 19, 2024

    Unless you put a clear resin type of finish over them, I can't see how you will get a permanent shine? Clear Contact for glass would be ok if you use counter top savers all the time, maybe? Maybe see if you can get your counters replaced or re-laminated with a finish you will be happy with.

  • Dee Dee on Jan 20, 2024

    Rustoleum also makes a counter paint kit that works well.