Can I Faux Wood Grain Laminate Formica

by THAT Painter Lady

I own a jewelry store in southern california. My show cases are a are a laminate wood finish. Can these cases be painted? If so, can the finish look like wood like with wood grain look? Joe

Yes, check out the TPL post:
Here are a few steps to follow:

1. Clean the laminate well with soap and water, rinse well and let dry

2. Sand lightly with steel wool to remove any glossy spots

3. Clean the counter with TSP to also help remove the gloss, be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions. You will need to wear safety gloves so you don’t get it on your hands.

4. Apply a good Primer Sealer (Bin, Zinsser, etc). This will prepare the surface to accept the paint. Let it dry thoroughly. The fumes can be strong so be sure to open the windows and maybe put up plastic to close the room off from the rest of the house.

6. Tape off with painter’s tape

7. You are now ready to paint. Use a roller for your base coat.

8. Start your faux finish (in your case the faux woodgrain)

9. Final step: Seal the paint with three coats of non-yellowing polyurethane. Water-based is my first choice because it will not change the colors that you use.

Oil based poly can yellow over time and wear.

Also, you don’t need to sand between the layers with steel wool.

The tiny fibers of the steel wool will break off and can rust in the poly, creating little tiny brown spots.

Check out THAT Painter Lady video on How to Create Faux Woodgrain:
Hope this helps. That Painter Lady

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