Can We Paint Over Plastic Laminate?
Q. Yuk! We just moved into a house with bright yellow and green plastic laminate cabinets. We can’t afford to replace all of these at the present time. Is there anything that we can use to paint over the plastic laminate? Please help us tone down our kitchen.
A. Although some paint manufacturers claim they have paints that can be used successfully over plastic laminates, our experience suggests otherwise.
Due to the dense composition and non-porous finish of plastic laminate, paint will not properly adhere and will usually end up chipping and peeling. This is especially true of horizontal surfaces such as kitchen countertops that get a lot of use.
You can reface the laminate cabinets with a new ‘less colorful’ laminate or wood veneer and install new doors. That should help make your kitchen more mellow and less yellow.
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