Lightly sand the bleach-stained area of laminate. Do not sand too deeply. The goal is to roughen up the surface to make it receptive to painting.
Wash the area with liquid detergent and water on a sponge. Rinse with plain water and let the area air dry. Wipe the sanded area with a cotton ball soaked in rubbing alcohol.
Mix a small amount of colorant with the primer so that it will closely match the color of the finish-coat paint. Most home improvement centers and paint outlets carry a wide selection of primers and color additives.
Apply a layer of primer using a small sponge applicator. Use a small paint roller for larger areas. Allow the recommended time for the primer to dry as the label indicates.
Add one thin layer of finish coat with the oil-based paint. Let the paint dry for an hour and add a second coat. Allow the paint 24 to 48 hours to dry and cure before continuing the project.
Wipe on a layer of carnauba wax to the entire countertop. Buff to a shine using soft rags.
Things You Will Need
- Safety glasses
- Sand paper
- Liquid detergent
- Cotton balls
- Rubbing alcohol
- Colorant (to match finish paint color)
- Oil-based paint
- Sponge applicators or roller brush
- Carnauba wax
- Soft rags
- Bring several color swatches home to compare before settling on a particular color.
- Kitchen Countertops offers great advice for caring for laminate countertops (see Resources section).