How to Paint Laminate Wood Furniture

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Laminate wood furniture is popular because of its affordability and sturdiness. At times, it can be difficult to get paint to stick to the surface because of the way laminate is made. Here are a few tips to help you paint your laminate furniture.

Step 1 - Remove Debris

The first step is to clean the furniture with a sponge and warm soapy mixture. This will remove any residue that has been left behind from dust or other cleaning products.

Step 2 - Sand

Using a fine grain sandpaper, start sanding down the furniture. It will be much easier to get the paint to stick if the surface is rough. You don’t have to sand until the laminate is removed, just enough to create a rougher texture.

Step 3 - Prime

After you’ve sanded, brush away any dust left behind. Apply a basic primer. This will also help the paint to adhere to the surface and will allow you to paint with fewer coats.

Step 4 - Paint

Once the primer has dried, you can start painting. Oil-based paints are best for pieces of furniture that get a lot of use. They tend to stick better and won’t peel or flake as much. If the furniture is mainly used for decorative purposes, a latex based paint will be fine.

Let the paint dry completely before moving the furniture to the desired location.