Using the correct primer is key when it comes to painting laminate . You have a few options to choose from, so make sure you choose a primer that made to adhere to laminate and glossy surfaces without sanding . For this project we used Zinsser BIN. Other options include: Kilz Adhesion, and Zinsser Bullseye 123.
For painting laminate furniture , you want to do at least 2 coats of primer and let them cure completely (overnight if you can !) in between coats. TIP: if using spray primer, shake your can really, really, REALLY well. If you don’t, your primer can spray out in a gritty texture which is no good!
As it turns out, not only can you spray paint wood without sanding – you can also spray paint pressed wood/particle board (which some parts of this desk were) and even that papery cardboard panel on the back. All of it you guys. Just spray paint ALL of it. Then let it dry and do it again.
Latex paint is recommended for laminate surface painting projects because of its durability and smooth finish. Try ProClassic Interior Acrylic Latex Enamel for lighter colors, and All Surface Latex Enamel Base for deeper hues.
STEPS First, apply the primer with the roller in larger areas, and fill in the smaller corners with the brush. Let the primer dry completely and sand with a fine sanding block. Let the primer dry completely again, and then apply the paint color of choice. Sand until smooth, and apply a second coat if needed.
The 2 Best Ways to Paint Laminate Furniture ~ Method #1 Clean the Surface. This dresser was dusty so all that was needed to clean it was a soft cloth dampened with warm water. Lightly Sand the Entire Piece. Yes SAND! Prime. I used B.I.N shellac based primer. Paint . Protect with a Sealer/Topcoat.
You can sand, prime and paint laminate as if it were a solid wood piece of furniture ! It’s easy to skip the sanding step, because sanding is a drag… but it’s especially important with laminate . Because it’s often somewhat glossy-looking, and important to sand it down until the finish is very dull before priming.
If you see the grain but the pattern tends to repeat and it lacks texture and feels perfectly smooth, it’s probably veneer . If it lacks grain altogether, it’s most likely laminate .
I’ve painted a lot of IKEA furniture in the past. Spray paint usually at least sticks and covers, but the paint will almost always chip off eventually without the right primer, which I didn’t know about until recently. It is formulated for use on laminate furniture , which most primers aren’t.
When You Can Skip Sanding , Deglossing and Priming If the finish on your furniture isn’t damaged or chipping, it’s flat not shiny and you aren’t painting it a drastically different color, then you may be able to just go ahead and start painting . Before painting though, do make sure the piece is clean.
Spray painting is faster than brush painting . Spray paint can be used on practically any surface, including wood, metal, wicker, plastic and resin. Spray paint dries much more quickly than brushed-on paint . Spray paint is easier to apply on furniture with spindles, small pieces, or intricate nooks and crannies.
Can you paint over varnished wood without sanding ? Yes. There are a few ways to do this, but we choose to use an oil based primer to prepare our varnished wood for new paint . The oil based primer will stick to varnished or sealed wood .
Annie Sloan Chalk Paint will adhere beautifully to laminate . All I do is clean my piece to remove any residue or dirt and then apply the paint .
Step 2: Priming I used Kilz Primer (view on Amazon), which blocks, seals, and preps the surface to which the paint will adhere. Primer is important, especially when painting over laminate . Unlike wood, laminate is a smooth, non-porous material, so it really needs something to ‘grab’ onto— primer will do the trick!
Paint is the easiest way to refinish your dresser and nightstands. Simply painting them a new shade can give the pieces new life. You can use either latex- or oil-based paint on your laminate furniture . Latex paint dries more quickly than oil-based paint , but an oil-based formula tends to hide brush strokes better.