Finishing Over Laminate
From contributor R:
Our polished out ultra high gloss finishes are done right over a laminate. Poly Primer meant for autos is used as a base coat and pigmented CV and clear CV are put on top.
From contributor A:
I would look into Granicrete.
From contributor T:
I have done a bunch of it. It is very durable. I use aliphatics and do not like epoxies much due to the yellowing. Call Midwest Industrial Chemicals down in Florida and speak to Ed or Edward. Great guys and great products.
From the original questioner:
Thanks for the responses. I'm not interested in painting over laminate countertops - it would be better to just replace them as mentioned. My thought was painting the MDF and doing a durable finish. I am interested in the finish you guys are using. Can you tell me a little more about them and how durable it is as far as wear and tear? Also, how food safe it would be if someone used it as a cutting board?
From contributor T:
I use the aliphatic on diesel mechanics floors, wood night club floors, tubs and countertops. I would leave the laminate on there and go from there. You will get a heavy texture if you go over MDF. This can be sanded out , but you will have less sanding if you just go over the laminate. Also, you will need to be pretty good with sanding and you will also need a high speed polisher and the appropriate polishes.
As far as using it as a cutting board... Any coating you put on there will cut. I just did a repair of this exact thing today.
As far as the safety of the productů This is some toxic stuff for sure. I asked the same question just to be safe and got the response that I thought I would. Once it is cured it is fine. Another nice thing about this is it can be maintained with a good cleaning car polish. Sanding and blending is also not too bad. Let me know if you need any more help, but I have never seen this stuff fail.
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