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This edition’s question:

I have a couple of old laminate-finished furniture pieces that I really like. But after years of use, they have somewhat lost their sheen. Is it possible to paint these laminated pieces instead of investing in new ones? 

– Monica Matthew, Cochin

Paint laminated furniture that’s old for a fresh makeover

Laminate’s smooth, non-porous and scratch-resistant surface often tricks people into thinking that applying paint on laminated furniture would be an extremely easy process.

More often than not, though, they are left disappointed as the laminate painting starts bubbling when it is wet or when it doesn’t stick to the furniture well even after it has dried completely.

You can avoid this by following these simple steps before applying the paint:

1. Wipe Down the Dust and Dirt to Paint Laminate

Dust your laminate-finished items with a dry cloth and then wipe down the excess with a water-dampened soft cloth. Make sure everything is clean, from the nooks and corners to the undersurface of the laminated furniture.

If there’s grease and staining, use vinegar and water to get rid of it.

2. Disassemble if Possible

It’s always a good idea to disassemble the laminated furniture pieces before the sanding and priming processes begin. This makes it easy to access the parts where two furniture pieces fit in. Also, it prevents drips when you paint laminated furniture.

3. Sanding Lightly

A lot of people are hesitant to undertake this task as they think it will damage the furniture. But this is perhaps the best way to ‘un-laminate’ and roughen up your laminated furniture so that the primer and paint sticks.

Before laminate painting, use a fine grit sandpaper and lightly go over each surface as if you are getting off some dust. It’s important that you don’t over-sand the surface as the laminate can come right off, exposing the particle board underneath.

Remember to sand the surfaces evenly or else the paint will start to bubble where there is no sanding done.

Lastly, wipe away the sand dust.

4. Layering with Primer

Don’t forget the primer while painting laminate!

When buying primer, do invest in something that says it is good for adhesion. Again, coating your furniture with primer will create a surface that the paint can adhere to.

If you are worried about sanding your laminated furniture and only want to stick to a primer, ask your shopkeeper for a premium-quality primer. Else, even the primer can make your surface look uneven and bubbly.

Apply a smooth, thin coat and let it dry completely before you opt for another coat. Let it dry overnight to create the right surface for laminate painting.

5. Paint Laminated Furniture

Choose neutrals or vibrant colours depending upon the look you want

Your furniture is now ready to be painted! Use an angled brush so that you can easily reach difficult corners. You could also invest in a disposable foam roller; it will smoothen the surface by getting rid of brush marks.

Multiple coats will give you the hue you desire as well as a better finish. But do remember to let each coat dry completely before you apply the next one.

So, go ahead and give your old furniture an update with delectable colours like pastel greens, baby pinks, bold reds and more!

Before you start painting, know about the different types of paints available.

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