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Old 04-09-2011, 09:15 PM   #1
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Where do I buy Melamine Paint????????

OK, I must be having a brain hiccup, but I've asked Lowe's and Menard's, and they looked at me like I was crazy. I've google Melamine Paint, found plenty of articles on how to apply it, but can't find where to buy it! (oh, I did find it in England.)

What's the deal? Is it called something else? Is it top secrect?

Any help would be appreciated.

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We bought ours at a local PAINT supply store, could be that where you're looking doesn't stock that item??
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I did find it in England.
What's the deal?
The only people I am aware of that regularly talk about Melamine Paint are our Canadian friends; I'm not sure it available in the U S of A...
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OK, I must be having a brain hiccup, but I've asked Lowe's and Menard's, and they looked at me like I was crazy. I've google Melamine Paint, found plenty of articles on how to apply it, but can't find where to buy it! (oh, I did find it in England.)

What's the deal? Is it called something else? Is it top secrect?

Any help would be appreciated.

Vickie
I'm pretty sure that "melamine" is a (regional?) generic term for surfaces such as Formica that contain the melamine resin.
As for painting it, here's a suggestion:
This primer eliminates the necessity to buy specialty paints, as it adheres to virtually ANY surface, including Formica, fiberglass, plastic, and metal.
You can topcoat with any paint you choose.

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As a cabinet maker the only Melamine we use is a hard plastic overlay on MDF or particle board used in cabinet construction. What are you painting? If there is a melamine paint that has the same characteristics as what I am familiar with it will be brittle so will not be a good choice for something that flexes.
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Hi Reid---

I've poured over all the posts on here comparing the types of paint people have used to paint the molded fiberglass cabinets in the camper. Many had used Melamine paint and were quite happy with the results, even years later. So, I thought I'd give it a go---but can't find it.
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Vickie,
I have a friend who is a fiberglass boat builder and he uses a marine enamel. Oil based, not latex. Make sure the surface has no oils or grease, sand lightly so you have a mechanical bond (150 to 220 grit) prime with a primer compatible with your chosen paint, lightly sand again(220 or finer) and wipe or vacuum any sanding dust and put on a couple of coats of enamel. Most house paint stores will have an enamel that is oil based and rated as marine paint. It typically is full gloss and being solvent based be sure to have as much ventilation as possible.. You should ask your supplier about a flow out agent such as Flowtrol or the likes to minimize brush marks. It will be very slow drying ( 12 hour minimum between coats)so temperature is important as is a dust free environment. One part urethane and epoxy paints are also options but are much more toxic , expensive and can be difficult to brush or roll. I can't be emphatic enough to recommend getting a good brush for final coats-you will see the difference in the final finish.
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Vickie, do you have a local Benjamine Moore paint store? Benjamin Moore carries it: Melamine 303 Low-luster Enamel This is the Canadian store, but perhaps Benjamin Moore USA could provide you more info.
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Guess I'll have to go to the boat store and get fixed up with something.
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melamine paint is EXCELLENT paint and i have it on my kitchen cupboards. however, it does smell strongly so when (and if!)you find it, make sure to have good ventilation when using it....and although i cannot speak to finding it in the US, it is readily available at any paint dealer...or home improvement store. good luck
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You lucky neighbors to the north!
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melamine paint is EXCELLENT paint and i have it on my kitchen cupboards. however, it does smell strongly so when (and if!)you find it, make sure to have good ventilation when using it....and although i cannot speak to finding it in the US, it is readily available at any paint dealer...or home improvement store. good luck
It may be that melamine paint is harder to find in the U.S. due to its containing formaldehyde, which is probably what you're smelling while it outgasses as it goes on, dries, and cures.
Having done quite a bit of painting, including with automotive and marine paints, I'm not afraid to use these kinds of V.O.S containing paints if required by the project at hand. I have the equipment to do so AND avoid the fumes. Given advances in less volatile primers such as the one I suggested above, I wouldn't use high V.O.S. paint in any interior space, perhaps excepting a boat. However, if one's determined to use any of them in the interior of a trailer, please follow the advice given earlier in this thread, and wear a respirator designed for use with strong solvents. Have lots of additional ventilation, and leave the trailer open to the air until the paint smell disappears, a signal that the paint solvents have finished outgassing.

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Francesca,

Thanks for all the info. So if I use that primer, what kind of paint would you suggest over it. I want something shiny like the fiberglass.

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Did you not see the information I posted about contacting Benjamin Moore?
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