The sealer you are going to apply on your countertops requires at least 2 to 3 weeks to cure. So, avoid scrubbing the surface during this period.Laminate countertops are one of the simplest and cheapest options for kitchen countertops, as they are easy to clean and maintain. However, using them for several years make them appear a little dull and worn out.
But there is no need to worry, as these countertops can be easily painted to give a completely fresh and clean look to your kitchen, without the expense of buying new countertops. Painting a laminate countertop is quite easy and you can do it yourself at home.
✧ Fine-grit sandpaper
✧ A soft brush or vacuum cleaner
✧ A dust pan
✧ A soft cloth
✧ Painter's tape
✧ Primer and Paint
✧ Acrylic/oil-based polyurethane
✧ An angled paintbrush and a roller (if you are not using spray paints)
✧ To minimize your clean-up time after painting, use painter's tape and newspapers to cover your floor, walls, and cabinets.
✧ Acrylic or latex paints are easier to apply than oil-based paints. However, oil-based paints bind better to a smooth surface like laminate, and help prevent the growth of mildew.
✧ If you use an oil-based primer and paint, then you should use oil-based polyurethane as a sealer. On the other hand, a glossy acrylic topcoat is preferred for acrylic primers and paints.
✧ Keep in mind that a painted countertop needs to be handled carefully, as it is no longer as tough as the original laminate.
✧ Be sure to keep hot pots and pans off the countertop. Place them on potholders or hand towels, in order to protect your painted countertop.
✧ Don't cut anything on a painted countertop, as knives will cut into the finish. You can use cutting boards to cut vegetables and other food items.
✧ Keep your kitchen countertop clean and dry by not allowing water to stand on it for a long time. Be sure to clean up any kind of spills as soon as possible.
✧ Always use non-abrasive cleaners to clean your painted countertop.
✧ It is also not advisable to use scouring powder or other abrasive products on your laminate countertop, especially if you have used acrylic sealer on it. Such products should be avoided even after the sealer has cured.
✧ If you opt for a spray paint, then be sure to carry out the entire painting project in a well-ventilated place, and keep children and pets away from that area. It is better to wear a mask while painting, as spray paints contain some harmful chemicals.
It will take some time (2 to 3 weeks) before you can use your painted laminate countertops again. However, you will definitely not repent your decision, as the newly painted countertops will completely alter the look of your kitchen. Just remember to keep the countertops clean from dust and stains, so that they can retain their lustrous shine for a long time.