How to Paint Your Countertops

February 1st 2007
How to Paint Your Countertops

Q: I am hoping you can guide me as to what I can do to spruce up the bathroom vanity arborite top, we are getting ready to sell our home and the counter looks dull and the colour is a little out dated. Is there a good quality paint that would spruce it up, as we don't want to get into changing the whole vanity?

Anita, Vancouver

A: Plastic laminates known in the industry under name brands such as Arborite, Formica, Wilson Art etc. can be painted using Melamine paint. First, you must wash the countertop with my Shell Busey Home Cleaning Formula and rinse well.

Use 400 grit wet/dry sandpaper to rub the sheen off, now you are ready for two coats of melamine paint.

Apply the paint with a natural bristle brush and 3" paint roller allowing 12 hours drying time between coats. The room temperature must be 18 - 20 Celsius with relative humidity not greater than 50% for ideal conditions. Good luck with your move.

Shell Busey