Spray Paint

I've taken a small school desk and I'm trying to fix it up a bit. The table top is made of wood, but is overlaid with a thick piece of laminate. I've sanded the surface to take out the texture and markings. 

I would like to give the laminate it a new paint job, but don't really know what kind of spray paint I should use. Ideas? Suggestions?

I could sit here and look it up on Google, but I thought I'd try making a forum and see how it goes. 

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Toga_Dan29 days ago

or perhaps polish the old surface? Work from coarse to finer sandpaper, then buff it with a mild abrasive. In a pinch, I've even used lava soap or similar.

ArachnisDeathicus (author)  Toga_Dan29 days ago

I have sanded it down to very smooth. But, the laminate is bright red and I'm not particularly fond of that. So I'm looking to give it a better look.

If you're looking to have a durable work surface, you might want to consider avoiding paint all together . . I made a worktable with a painted top, and it's not durable at all. From my experience, I'd lean away from paint all together.

Perhaps you could sand through the red layer. If it's a laminate like Formica, you would eventually get to a brown layer. Removing an even layer might prove tricky though, and the feasibility of this depends also on the thickness of the laminate to begin with though. Got any photos?

ArachnisDeathicus (author)  seamster29 days ago

I thought of that, but it's so thick and would take a lot of time. I might as well just peel if off. But before trying any of that, I wanted to give painting a try.

What you suggested, Krylon Fusion, seems like a feasible idea. I'll try that first, then if it doesn't work, I'll try something else.

Get a plastic primer and then use any spray paint you like.
Without the primer you risk loosing adhesion and paint chipping/peeling.

ArachnisDeathicus (author)  Downunder35m29 days ago

I did consider that, but the only problem with is that I'm trying to make sure I use paint that will work as a working surface. I've used a bit of spray paint in the past, and some don't work for certain applications, while others do. I've never needed to spray a working surface, so I'm looking to see what's best.

seamster29 days ago

Laminates are plastic, so I would recommend a paint designed for plastic like Krylon Fusion.