Caromal Colours Textured Basecoats – bond to many surfaces – wood, laminate, melamine, metal, glass, plastic…. what about Formica and laminate counters?
Can I use these paints to cover my pink Formica?
Of course the products will bond to Formica and laminates… I did this video a while back (warning: I am not a video pro) where I demo’d the Caromal Colours Textured Basecoats over a piece of laminate. No, it wasn’t a worry whether the paints would bond, I wondered more about how they would look as a counter finish. They are thicker paints – if brushed smooth I think it would be difficult to get a nice glass smooth surface. If mooshed/smooshed on I worried it would be too textural. Like someone mentioned, they wouldn’t want their toaster sitting uneven…
So I decided to demo rolling it on a flat surface, to see for myself.
I started with a Whizz Roller, you can find them at Home Depot or Lowes –
Pick a color Caromal Colour Textured Basecoat – (click on each photo for full view)
I picked Cobblestone (similar to sage). I stuck my roller right into the container and started to roll it out –
Moving in a ‘V’ – out to the left then down then out to the right. I didn’t go in up and down straight rows –
Close up, one coat is not enough –
When dry roll on a second coat –
Hard to see the close up detail. I am pleasantly surprised at the nice subtle texture –
It has less texture than this actual sample of textured laminates out on the market –
When it dried, I lightly hit it with my palm sander (150 grit) –
which turned it to this-
I brushed on the Caromal Colours Toner, and then stippled it around with my chip brush-
You can leave more Toner on, or you can wipe most of it off, it all depends on what you want. Close up –
I decided to see what else I could do. I grabbed some brown glaze and some black glaze, and a sponge. I started by sponging, here and there, some brown glaze –
Using the same sponge, I grabbed some black glaze and dabbed it here and there –
I took a chip brush and pounced out the sponge marks. By “pounced” I mean bouncing my brush into those edges of the sponged color, constantly keeping my brush bouncing around, blending color back into the bare areas –
You can make it as heavy or light as you’d like….
You can use a dry cloth to further mute out the color … I dabbed out some of the heavier black areas-
If you were doing a counter, you’d want to let your finish thoroughly dry, then apply at least two layers of some type of topcoat. I’ve read online that water based polyurethane has had good success. Of course your counters still would not be heat or scratch resistant, but that’s what hot-pads are for –
When my sample dried I sprayed it (lazy) with my can of MinWax Satin Poly. The right side is the Caromal Colours Toner brushed on then stippled about. The left side has some brown and black glaze sponged on and stippled about –
WAY better than pink, don’t you think?
Best of all, it is a nice texture! Kind of like what you see on a refrigerator. Now the hard part will be figuring out what color you want-
The textured basecoats are sold in quart size. One quart goes approx 40-50 sf, depending on application. For a two coat application, figure half that distance. One 16 ounce Toner would be enough to do kitchen counters. When using Caromal Colour Textured Basecoats remember to start with a clean and dry surface.
Another added advantage – the textured basecoats bond to metal. If your existing counter surfaces have the metal trim, and you wish to update the whole look, you can!
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