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Painting plastic laminate?

I am building a router table and I want to put plastic laminate (the stuff counter tops is covered with) as the top. Here is the problem the only two places I can get it only carry only 4ft x 8 foot sheets @ $50 which is way more than I need or want to spend. I have another option, which is to buy a much smaller sheet at a much cheaper cost, however the smaller sheets are really ugly patterns/designs, that I think would be really distracting when using the router.

Can I paint the laminate? if so should I rough it up with sandpaper?
Also if I can paint, what color, I am thinking either gloss white, or flat black.
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I am building a router table and I want to put plastic laminate (the stuff counter tops is covered with) as the top. Here is the problem the only two places I can get it only carry only 4ft x 8 foot sheets @ $50 which is way more than I need or want to spend. I have another option, which is to buy a much smaller sheet at a much cheaper cost, however the smaller sheets are really ugly patterns/designs, that I think would be really distracting when using the router.

Can I paint the laminate? if so should I rough it up with sandpaper?
Also if I can paint, what color, I am thinking either gloss white, or flat black.
It can be painted, but it will wear off with the way you will be using it. You could contact some cabinet shops and they will likely have a color you will like. I would opt for a light color. I would stay away from a gloss finish, as it can be somewhat sticky. A textured finish will allow wood to slide easier.

Laminate comes in two popular thicknesses. 1/32" for vertical applications, and 1/16" for horizontal applications, like countertops. Go for 1/16" if you can.








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I would buy the whole sheet. You WILL find other uses for the Formica. DAMHIKT

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I would buy the whole sheet. You WILL find other uses for the Formica. DAMHIKT
+1.... Most of my table top coverings (drill press, mobile work stand, portable router table) have all come from a "big honking" sheet of formica. I only buy big sheets now.

btw.... what does DAMHIKT mean?

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The problem with buying the whole sheet is money and space I don't have either....I only need a 24"x 32"

How would a gloss finish be sticky?
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wheres your location? maybe someone close by has a piece, figure out how much it would be to mail a piece to you, glue it yourself,
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How would a gloss finish be sticky?
Some surfaces are so smooth they will not slide well on gloss laminate. A textured, or AKA "velvet" type finishes, as in a matte finish will be a better surface. One similar to the "melamine" type texture.








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