How To: Painting Formica

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Painting Formica

Old dingy formica can be rejuvenated and given a modern color by painting the formica with California Aqua Borne Ceramic products. California Aqua Borne Ceramic products have excellent adhesion to formica surfaces as long as they are clean.

The first step is to thoroughly clean the surface to remove dirt, grease, oil, soap scum, water hardness deposits and any other foreign materials that might interfere with adhesion. Wash the surfaces with a strong detergent solution or other good household cleaner. Rinse. Inspect to make sure all foreign matter has been removed.

Scuff-sand the surface of the formica to dull the gloss and give the paint a rough surface to bite into. Remove the sanding dust with a damp rag.

Apply a coat of 320-00 Aqua Borne Blockout/Undercoater White. If necessary, the 320-00 undercoater may be sanded to achieve a very smooth finish. Let dry for four hours and apply a coat of the new California Ultra Gloss, Satin, or Flat finish. Apply a second coat if necessary.

The products can be applied by brush, roller or spray. Do not reduce for brush or roller applications. If reduction is necessary for spray, use a small amount of water. Tinting should be done with universal tinting colors. Note: Wipe up any spills promptly; these products have excellent adhesion and will stick tenaciously to most anything making removal difficult once the product dries.