Tips on Painting Melamine

Updated February 21, 2017

Painting melamine plates, furniture or other objects works best if you follow a few simple rules. Select specialised glass or enamel paints for craft painting projects and use melamine primer and paint for large surfaces like cabinets and furniture. Aside from the types of paint that you select, painting melamine is much like painting any other surface.

Painting Melamine Plates

Select from a variety of glass or enamel paints to decorate your melamine plates. Melamine is a very slick surface and regular craft paints may not adhere to it properly or for very long. Glass and enamel paints are specially formulated for painting on slick glass surfaces and they translate well onto any type of melamine. Glass paints require heat for proper setting and you can bake your plates in the oven according to the paint manufacturer's instructions or sit them in direct sunlight for natural baking. Melamine may emit dangerous fumes when heated, so make sure to ventilate your kitchen properly if you bake painted melamine plates inside. Painted melamine plates are dishwasher safe, but they may be used only for decorative purposes.

Painting Melamine Furniture

Purchase specially formulated melamine paint products if you'd like to change the colour of your melamine cabinets or other furniture. Remove doors and drawers from the furniture or cabinets and take off the hardware. Clean the surface to be painted with a fifty-fifty blend of vinegar and water to remove any grease and dirt. Scratch the surface of your melamine with light grade sandpaper so that your primer will adhere better to the melamine. Remove all of the sanding debris with a damp cloth and apply a coat of melamine primer. Let the primer dry before you apply a coat of melamine paint. Let the paint dry completely before you move the furniture or reattach the cabinet doors.

Spray Painting Melamine

Spray paint your melamine objects with enamel spray primer and paint. Clean the surface of your melamine and let it dry. Gently scuff the surface with 220 grit sandpaper, remove the grit and spray on the enamel primer. Follow the manufacturer's instructions regarding dry times. Spray a coat of enamel paint on top of the dried primer.


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Katherine Kally is a freelance writer specializing in eco-friendly home-improvement projects, practical craft ideas and cost-effective decorating solutions. Kally's work has been featured on sites across the Web. She holds a Bachelor of Science in psychology from the University of South Carolina and is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists.