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Rust-Oleum Countertop Coating for Plastic Laminate

By: Jodi Marks

If the color of your plastic laminate countertops or cabinets are not to your liking, but you don’t want to go to the expense of replacing it, Rust-Oleum Countertop Coating may be the answer.

This special paint covers plastic laminate in a single coat without priming. It can also be used on vinyl, wood, or metal (prime bare wood and metal before applying). Simply clean the surface well with soap and water, lightly sand glossy finishes, then apply Rust-Oleum Countertop Coating using a foam brush and smooth roller.

Allow the coating to cure for three or more days before using the countertop. Rust-Oleum Countertop Coatings contains HomeShield Antimicrobial Protection to inhibit the growth of mold and mildew. Apply in a well ventilated area between 50° and 90° F and clean up with xylene.

Rust-Oleum Countertop Coating is available at The Home Depot. Watch this video to find out more.


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  • Official Comment:

    Thomas Boni Says:
    May 22nd, 2019 at 10:35 am

    Hi, Adrian,
    Here’s a great tip from our friends at The Family Handyman:
    Good luck. 🙂

  • Adrian Says:
    May 21st, 2019 at 8:59 pm

    How do you avoid roller marks

  • Official Comment:

    Thomas Boni Says:
    April 3rd, 2019 at 1:45 pm

    Hi, Stephanie,
    We recommend contacting the manufacturer for product-specific questions.
    Here’s where you can do that:
    Good luck!

  • Stephanie Lowery Says:
    April 3rd, 2019 at 11:16 am

    can I put a coat of rustoleum polyurethane over the top? I did the counter top coating and added rustoleum flakes. I wanted to seal the flakes onto the counter top.

  • Maricela Says:
    March 10th, 2019 at 3:09 am

    Hiya. Really good posting. I must say I discovered something
    very useful for myself. I wish it’s more. Thanks.

  • Teresa Says:
    February 18th, 2019 at 7:05 pm

    I used this product and I’m so disappointed! I followed everything and did my research and now my counter tops have rough areas. I will never ever purchase this product and I suggest no one buy it!

  • Vikki Nickerson Says:
    December 31st, 2018 at 4:25 pm

    I had an old Formica countertop in my kitchen and used the countertop coating in wheat. Took me about 2 hours between coats and so easy! Looks great with my old cabinets and love how it turned out! Anything looks better than my old countertop and only cost me $20! I took pictures if anyone wants to see the finished product, I’d be happy to share. The tough part is the 3 day waiting period!

  • Official Comment:

    Thomas Boni Says:
    December 10th, 2018 at 12:36 pm

    Hi, Andrea,
    Absolutely! Formica is a plastic laminate, so this solution would work well for you.
    We always recommend sanding first.
    Good luck!

  • Andrea Says:
    December 9th, 2018 at 10:57 am

    Can I use this paint on Formica countertops? If I can should I sand it first?

  • bill Says:
    November 3rd, 2018 at 9:41 pm

    I bought this Rustoleum Counter top kit and followed all directions to a tee . I spent the whole weekend doing my counter tops and they looked great after putting the top coat on. I woke up the next morning only to find small web cracks all over every square inch of the finish. I don’t understand what happen here. Did I get a bad kit ? Has anyone else had this problem?

  • Official Comment:

    Thomas Boni Says:
    August 18th, 2018 at 5:39 pm

    Hi, Bobbie,
    If the countertop has completely cured, then you should be able to sand over it and start all over again. Good luck!

  • Bobbie Bishop Says:
    August 14th, 2018 at 6:58 pm

    Painted laminate countertop with rust oleum counter top paint. Color was wrong so painted over with same product but diffetent color. Surface now has cracks all over it. What can I do now. It had cured for 3 days. Can I sand this down and put on a new coat.

  • Official Comment:

    Thomas Boni Says:
    August 8th, 2018 at 8:39 am

    Hi, Margaret!

    The paint should have instructions about its proper application.
    If it doesn’t, we recommend contacting Rust-Oleum here: and providing details about your project.

    Good luck!

  • Margaret McNeal Says:
    August 7th, 2018 at 12:25 pm

    Can I paint more than one coat of Rust-Oleum paint on countertop. Paint is not smooth. Has ridges.

  • Official Comment:

    Thomas Boni Says:
    April 27th, 2018 at 11:35 am

    Hi, Janice,
    We recommend checking out this article, in case you missed it:

    That said, we do recommend a certain amount of prep work, including sanding, before painting the countertops.

    Whether you’re going for the solid or granite look, multiple steps will be necessary to successfully complete this type of project.
    Please view the above article and then let us know how it goes.

    Thanks for your question.

  • Janice Says:
    April 24th, 2018 at 5:54 am

    Would love to know how to correctly apply the counter coating on a laminate counter top. Did apply did not sand have a lot of pimple like feeling to the counter. Used a sponge brush to apply did clean counters well. Can you help? What else should I do before I go further with this?
    I purchased because I wanted to do a one step project not add paint chips or anything else. Should I apply a poly to this after or will it be okay without that sealer. Will a poly yellow?
    Please respond ty.

  • Official Comment:

    Thomas Boni Says:
    March 26th, 2018 at 1:19 pm

    Hi, Donald,
    We receive numerous questions about specific products; due to the high volume of mail we receive, we do recommend contacting the manufacturer for such inquiries.
    In this case, you can find the contact information at
    Good luck!

  • Donald Sutton Says:
    March 26th, 2018 at 8:32 am

    How do I get rid of roller lines?

  • Official Comment:

    thomas Says:
    February 26th, 2018 at 9:20 am

    Hi, Jean,
    Rust-Oleum’s Countertop Transformations is a product that can take your countertops from drab to fab! Check it out: Other options are available. Just visit your local Home Depot. Thanks for your question.

  • Jean Says:
    February 25th, 2018 at 7:58 pm

    Can Rust-Oleum Countertop paint be mixed with other oil based or acrylic paints to make a design in the paint? I am using the Cobblestone color but the cabinets are beige with a line of teal around the edging. Please let me know if I can make it look a little marbled? Thanks.

  • Lori Says:
    February 24th, 2018 at 12:42 pm

    I used the counter top product with chips. I followed all instructions but my counter top is rough due to the chips
    Tonight I’m taking a sander to it to Smith it out and resealing it.
    Great product and saved a ton of money. I also used the cabinet product and it works fabulously!

  • Robin Says:
    January 13th, 2018 at 1:59 pm

    Has anyone painted over the countertop coat? I am looking at the faux designs but have the granite color as a base.

  • DJ Says:
    September 28th, 2017 at 3:36 pm

    I used this product in my bathroom. I did sand the countertop and clean it thoroughly but there are some areas with a grit to them. And some areas where I went back with the roller are not smooth. Can I lightly sand my first coat and then apply a second coat. It has been a few weeks since first coat was applied.

  • Rita Says:
    August 26th, 2017 at 7:51 am

    What do you mean “clean up” and what is xylene? Also, is only one coat needed and if not do I have to wait 3 days to apply another? Lastly, do I need to put a top coat on to help in resisting stains?

  • Carol Kosak Says:
    July 30th, 2017 at 3:25 pm

    Can I put a coat of polyurethane on the Rust oleum countertop coating After the paint is dry?

  • Leslie Says:
    April 23rd, 2017 at 3:54 pm

    How do I keep from having paint roller lines? I’m so frusterated!

  • Shelie Says:
    January 14th, 2017 at 1:15 am

    Used this in my bathroom… It’s been a week and it’s still soft you lean on it the clothing texture indents in it, but a cup on it it indents a ring… Help! How can I fix this?

  • Eleanor Says:
    December 17th, 2016 at 5:09 pm

    I have contact on my worktop. Can I paint it now the contact is lifting.

  • Official Comment:

    Lindsay Hughes Says:
    May 3rd, 2016 at 1:58 pm

    Sandra, if the surface is glossy, you should lightly sand it first.

  • sandra Says:
    May 3rd, 2016 at 9:26 am

    I purchased this product. It does not say to sand surface before using. Do I need to sand?

  • Jane Perez Says:
    October 25th, 2012 at 7:11 pm

    Tried this product and was disappointed, coverage wasn’t that great and I got a lot of bubbles. I selected Haystack color and got sage green???

  • Chuck Says:
    August 11th, 2012 at 3:33 pm

    Can Rustoleum countertop paint coating be sprayed in a HVLP system?

  • alex spungin Says:
    August 9th, 2012 at 4:47 pm

    Have seen both of your videos for giani and rust o leum fake granite counter tops. which is better and more realistic looking and which is your favorite?

  • sherry Says:
    January 18th, 2012 at 11:39 am

    i have just completed the Rustoleum countertop restoration for my kitchen counters.the protective coat looks like it’s not thick enough. can i apply an additional protective coat directly or do i have to sand the entire surface again?

  • Official Comment:

    Ben Erickson Says:
    October 9th, 2011 at 6:18 pm

    Hi Paul,
    The space under each article is for comments that visitors would like to post. These can be general comments, feedback about the article, questions about the topic, or answers to questions posted by other visitors or members. While we read all the comments posted and respond when we can, it’s not possible for us to answer every question that’s posted on the site.

  • Paul Hippmann Says:
    October 8th, 2011 at 10:57 pm

    We read the questions from readers,above. Where can one read the answers to those questions?

  • Ed Bernier Says:
    July 6th, 2011 at 9:38 pm

    I tried the Rust-O-Leum Countertop refinishing product and it worked pretty well. Looks great but there are a lot of little bumps. Like dust that settled on the counter while it was drying. I tried sanding out and painting on another coat but have the same problem. Any idea how to smooth it out without ruining the finish?

  • Joe LaRocca Says:
    March 30th, 2011 at 7:51 am

    I’ve been waiting for a product like this. Great to cut costs if you have or run a lot of rental properties.

  • John Says:
    March 22nd, 2011 at 8:13 pm

    Does it work on a “ceramic” or fake marble counter top?

  • Erin Says:
    October 16th, 2010 at 6:43 pm

    Tried to pickup a can of Rust-Oleum counter top paint from my local Homedepot, Ace hardware and Lowes but none of these stores carry it (in any color or texture). Tried to have them special order a kit but they would not do it since I only wanted 1 kit. They said they would order if I purchased a case. What a joke.

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Rust-Oleum Countertop Coating for Plastic Laminate