If you have any laminate furniture in your home that you’ve ever considered painting, then you’ll know that it can be a tricky process. Laminate is a very smooth and shiny surface that doesn’t really take well to paint, and without the right preparation you can simply end up frustrated and with a big mess on your hands.
Thankfully, it’s actually really simple to paint laminate furniture if you know how, and you can even use your Wagner paint sprayer to make the job easier!
Step One: Prime
The key to painting laminate furniture is to first prime the furniture with an oil-based primer. I recommend Zinsser brand, as it’s incredible durable and very trustworthy. You don’t need to sand the piece at all, simply start by giving it two full coats of your primer. You can use your Wagner sprayer for this part if you like, but I prefer to stick to just a paint roller due to the extra clean-up involved when you’re working with oil-based primers.
Step Two: Paint
After both coats of primer have dried, you can fill up your sprayer and paint the piece with your color of choice! For this dresser we went with Truly Olive by Behr.
Be sure to tape off any parts of the dresser that you don’t want painted (such as the sides of the drawers and the inside of the dresser), and don’t forget to move nice and slowly and stay no more than 8-10 inches away from your piece as you’re painting.
You should do two coats of paint, and in-between each coat be sure to sand the entire thing very lightly with 400-grit sandpaper. This helps knock off any debris or bubbles and ensures that you’ll have an extra smooth finish in the end. It also helps your sealer adhere even better!
Step Three: Seal
After the paint has dried, you’re ready to seal it. I always recommend using Polycrylic for painted furniture pieces, and I love to spray it on with my Wagner sprayer. Just be sure to lower your settings to almost the lowest possible numbers when spraying your sealer, because it’s very thin and higher settings can create a big mess!
You can do 1-2 coats of the sealer, and then allow it all to dry fully before putting it back together. These simple steps should leave you with a laminate furniture piece that is beautiful and durable. Just remember that all paint and sealer takes about 7-10 days to fully cure, so you should be careful with your pieces until then.
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