Help - Latex painted countertop


Old 10-19-16, 05:28 AM
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Help - Latex painted countertop

Ok, so I worked on a friends countertop 2 weeks ago. We allowed the sherwin williams super paint (latex) to dry fo 3 full days and a week later they started to utilize the counters again...they put a crock pot on the counter and the paint came off. Aside from completely starting over...can i add a protective barrier on top of the paint i spent 5 hours doing? Thanks in advance. Ive called home depot, lowes and sherwin williams. I wonder if there is an easy fix.
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Old 10-19-16, 05:32 AM
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What type of countertop? wood? laminate? If painted previously, what type of paint? what prep?
Generally it isn't a good idea to paint kitchen countertops. It's never a good idea to paint a laminate top!
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Scratches are what you'd expect though they can happen easier than you'd think. You really have to get in the habit of not sliding anything on the counter and be careful when setting sharp things like knives down. Putting a hot pot, operating crock pot or waffle iron on them can kill them in one use. It may not be scalding heat but it can be enough to warm the paint and laminate underneath causing the paint to lift or to discolor it. After all heat is one trick often used to remove paint.

With proper prep work and treating the counter with tender loving care I've seen painted counters look OK for up to a year. Two years seems to be the limit even with extreme care to not scratch or mar them. I would not consider a painted counter a permanent anything. I think it's appropriate if you are just trying to buy some time while you save up money for a replacement.
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There are countertop epoxies that some people use when they want to do it on the cheap, but paint is a bad idea.
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