Laminated Plastic Countertops
One of the main concerns with using
melamine paint on your countertops is the curing period
between coats. The following is the proper method to paint
1. Wash the entire area using TSP (tri sodium phosphate)
and a Scotch Brite type abrasive scrub pad.
2. Rinse well with clear water.
3. Allow it to dry.
4. Mask all areas to be protected such as sinks, faucets,
the backsplash, etc.
5. Roll on first coat using a Wizz roller (foam type) and
allow it to cure for a full 24 hours.
6. Roll on a second coat and allow another full 24 hours.
7. Never place hot pots/plates or do any cutting on the
Note: Always remember this is still paint, so use
your countertop with TLC.
Handy Tips, Advices,
Ideas & Warnings
Rub petroleum jelly on the hinges and door knobs before
you start to paint a door. If you get paint on them, they
will wipe off easy.
To keep white paint from yellowing, add 10 drops of black
paint to each quart of white.
When painting ceilings, cut a child’s rubber ball in half
and put your paint brush in one of the halves to catch the
An old pair of swimming goggles will protect your eyes
from paint splatters and drips when painting ceilings.
When painting, protect your hands and face with
moisturizer. Cleanup will be easier and the moisturizer
will prevent paint from seeping into the pores.
Before starting to paint with enamel paint, lightly coat
your hands and underneath your fingernails with any name
brand hand cleaner. After the painting is finished, your
hands will be easy to clean.
Line your paint tray with aluminum foil. When it’s time to
clean up, just roll up the foil and throw away.
To stop paint from dripping, punch a few holes in the rim
of the paint can. When the brush is wiped against the
edge, the paint flows back into the can. The lid covers
the holes so the paint won’t dry out.
To remove lumps from paint: Cut a piece of screen to fit
the inside of the paint can. Set it on top of the paint
and let it float down to the bottom of the can. It will
take all the lumps with it, trapping them at the bottom of
When painting trim around windows, doorways etc. try using
stiff paper to cover the area you don’t want painted. (An
old phone book cover works well.) Slide paper along as you
paint. It’s much faster and more economical than using
masking tape. Works well with either a roller or brush.
When painting a room, dip a small card into the paint so
that you have the exact color with you and can match
accessories in stores.
When painting inside corners, trim the paint brush
bristles to a V to save strokes and spread paint more
Before pouring paint from a can, cover the rim with
masking tape. After pouring, remove the tape — the rim
will be clean and the cover will fit tightly.
When you poke a paint brush into corners or allow it to
rest on the bottom of the paint can, the bristles curl and
stray. To straighten natural bristles (not synthetics),
try wrapping the brush in a couple of thicknesses of damp
cloth and press gently with an iron. The steam and cloth
binding do the job. Only light pressure is needed. Let the
bristles cool before you unwrap the brush.
When painting old woodwork, fill in the holes or cracks
with a mixture of flour and some of the paint you are
using. It hardens like cement and matches perfectly.
When painting stairs, paint every other step first. When
these are dry, paint the rest.
To avoid cleaning paint brushes and rollers if you intend
to use the same color later, or if you do not have time to
clean immediately, place the brushes and rollers in a
plastic bag, tie shut and place in the freezer. They will
keep for several days without drying up.
Protect hands from paint solvent by putting the brush and
solvent into a strong plastic bag. With hands outside the
bag, work the solvent into the brush through the plastic.