Combine trisodium phosphate (TSP) and water according to the ratios suggested on the packaging. Saturate a rag with the solution. Wipe the laminate to remove any dirt and residue.
Fill dents and scratches in the laminate with wood putty. Put a tablespoon of wood putty on a putty knife and fill the space, scraping the knife across the area to remove excess putty. Allow the putty to dry.
Sand the entire laminate countertop with medium-grit sandpaper. Create a small amount of texture to the surface to help the primer adhere. Remove the sanding dust with a damp rag.
Fill a paint pan with a primer suitable for slick surfaces. Apply the primer in a thin, even coat using a smooth foam roller. Let the primer dry for four hours.
Paint the laminate with melamine paint. Apply the paint following the instructions from the paint manufacturer. The manufacturer will recommend application with a roller or a brush. Apply two thin coats of paint. Let the final coat dry overnight.
Things You Will Need
- Trisodium phosphate
- Wood putty
- Putty knife
- Palm sander
- Low-tack painter's tape
- Melamine paint
- Keep paint thinner on hand when working with melamine paint. Spills and paint splatter should be cleaned up immediately with a rag and a small amount of paint thinner.