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Melamine Paint: How durable is the finish?

Discussion in 'Decorating and Painting' started by dizzywizzy, 19 Feb 2007.

  1. dizzywizzy

    dizzywizzy

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    Hi there,

    I would like to paint the monstrosities in my kitchen that pass for cupboards. I've read about melamine primer + paint, and it sounds too good to be true.

    Has anyone done this? How durable is the surface that you get, given that kitchens tend to be fairly messy places? I have to wash down my cupboards every couple of weeks. :rolleyes:

    I have had very bad experiences with tile paint in a bathroom, used by the people who owned the house before me, so I'm cautious about melamine paint. I'd be interested in hearing experiences of people here who have tried it!

    Thanks
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    It isn't quite as good as it makes itself out to be!

    If we spill anything we have to clean it immediately otherwise it stains/marks the paint :cry:

    One option I would try if I were to do it again would be to spray a coat or two of clear laquer onto the cupboards, or even apply a clear film used to protect car bumpers from stone chips although I'm not sure what sort of a finish this would leave.
     
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    Damn, that sounds annoying.

    Do you think a layer of varnish at the end would help? And if you don't mind me asking, what brand of melamine paint did you use?
     
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    Yup it certainly was annoying, especially after we'd initially been so happy at the finished result!

    If I remember correctly it was just B&Q's primer for melamine that we used.

    We then used Dulux bathroom paint (which claimed to resist water) for the top coat.
     
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