How to paint laminate furniture

Repainting old laminate furniture will give it a facelift. Painting laminate furniture may seem difficult, but overall the process is the same as for wood furniture.

1. Disassemble your furniture.
Remove drawers, doors or any other component that can be removed, you will get a better result if you disassemble the moving parts before repainting it. This will make it easier to avoid drips and reach the corners where each piece fits.

2. Sand the furniture with scotch-brite.
The paint adheres best to slightly rough surfaces. It is also easier to paint a matte, non-slippery surface. The matt scotch-brite the support without leaving visible scratches once repainted.
Be sure to sand evenly before avoiding differences in appearance after the furniture is finished.
Once sanded, wipe off the sanding dust with a microfiber cloth. Then degrease your furniture with a little methylated spirit or rectified benzine.

3. Apply the primer.
The primer will significantly improve the adhesion of the paint. This is all the more important on synthetic substrates such as laminate.
Let this coat of paint dry properly. Some laminate furniture does not handle excess moisture well. If you follow too quickly with the topcoats your furniture may warp.

For this job you will need a roller and a brush.

4. Apply top coats.
You can use almost any type of enamel, but acryl-polyurethane-based paints have the best finish and especially the best wear resistance.

Apply the finish with a short nap roller , the result will be better.


  • Protect your workplace with plastic or cardboard on the floor.
  • Any pour that has had time to dry can be scraped off with a knife and then painted again.
  • Be gentle with your furniture the first few days. All paints take a few days to reach their final hardness.
  • Observe the drying times. The quality of finish will be even better
  • If you have small dust or blemishes between coats, apply a little sandpaper or scotch-brite.
  • Work with water-based products! The current quality of products no longer requires the use of solvent products for this type of work.
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