How to paint melamine foil

Updated March 23, 2017

Melamine foil is a laminate covering used to give furniture, flooring, and cabinets a finished look. This foil can be in a solid colours finish or a wood grain finish. Over time this covering can chip, crack, or wear off on furniture. Painting the worn surface can bring new life and style to a piece. Primer is an essential step to help your paint adhere to the melamine.

Repair any breaks, chips, or cracks in your melamine by using wood putty. Press hard to help the putty adhere to the particleboard underneath the melamine. Allow the putty to dry completely, then sand to a smooth finish.

Lightly sand the entire piece; you only want to roughen up the melamine to give the primer a good surface.

Clean off any sawdust with a damp rag.

Use a roller to apply one to two coats of primer. Allow the first coat to dry then lightly sand out any imperfections such as drips or roll marks. Apply a second coat if you desire.

Roll on your latex paint; you may need to apply two coats depending on the colour and quality of your paint. Allow each coat to dry completely.

Apply the polyurethane sealant to the whole piece using a foam brush. This finish will help protect your piece from water damage and scratches. Allow to dry completely.

Things You'll Need

  • Wood putty
  • Putty knife
  • Sandpaper
  • Rag
  • Primer
  • Roller
  • Polyurethane finish
  • Foam paintbrushes
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