Melamine is a particularly popular synthetic material in the furniture industry. It is mainly used to cover economical chipboard panels that will then go to compose furniture, mobilet and cabinets. Although it is pleasing to housewives, as it is exceptionally practical to clean, this material unfortunately has the drawback of being inconvenient and prone to scratches and chippings. The shining surface of the furniture is therefore ruined, but also to this you can remedy and, in this guide, I will show you how. In fact, instead of replacing the scratched part, you can repaint it all in a quick and clean way. Let’s see how to paint melamine cabinets.
Make sure you have on hand:
- Plastic sheet or newspaper sheets
- Adhesive tape
- Sandpaper with fine grain
- Two-component polyurethane finishing paint
- Fixative or Wax
Protect the surrounding area
Before anything else, you will need to protect the area where you will work, placing a plastic sheet or a few sheets of newspaper attached to each other with adhesive tape, so as not to soil. In addition, you have to keep in mind that the main merit of the melamine paper (i.e. being water repellent) will make it impossible to proceed with a direct painting, preventing the color from making grip on its glossy surface.
Use the Primer
Therefore, you will have to use a primer to make the surface rougher: A couple of layers of primer for plastics will ensure, in fact, a quick adhesion of the paint. Moreover, as a generally thin melamine paper coating, it is necessary to avoid sanding it. This practice, however, can be done on the primer. Once the primer is laid, it will be left to dry completely, for a maximum time of 4 hours. If the degree of porosity obtained will not satisfy you fully, you can sand afterwards with sandpaper with fine grain.
At this point, you will have to put on a two component polyurethane finishing paint, which will give you more durability and durability. For this operation, it would be best to opt for a spray paint. In this way, the paint will deposit even more uniformly, avoiding any unattractive streaks. If you choose to use a brush, however, it may be helpful to dilute the paint slightly with water. In the final stage of the work, you can conclude with a fixative layer or give a simple wax pass in order to make the cabinet shiny again and above all washable. Good job!