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Changing the Color of a Corian Countertop

By Edited Oct 22, 2015 1 3

Corian counter-tops are an excellent, yet very expensive choice for kitchen counter-tops. Corain counter-tops are made from resins and pigment. The color of Corian permeates throughout the counter-top. Corian is a very strong and resilient material, they stand up well to moisture, heat and general every day use. If you are now sick of the color of your counter-tops you may feel you are either stuck with the color and if not you have to rip out those very expensive counter-tops. Well, the answer is no, you do not have to rip out the counter-tops and you do not just have to live with a color or pattern you no longer like. Being that Corian is so expensive, ripping the counter-tops off and throwing them away is not an option. The good news is you can change the color to update the look of the kitchen or just give it a whole look decorating style. Although, not suggested, if you simply must change the color, you can. Keep in mind it takes a special touch and talent to get the counter-tops looking nice with paint. Again, this is not suggested, just possible.




Use a de-greasing soap to wash down the entire surface of the counter-top and backsplash if the backsplash is also Corian. Choose a strong degreasing agent like the ones sold at automotive stores. Use a nylon scrubber to wash the counter-top, rinse well and wash a second time with a clean rag. Rinse with plenty of water to remove all of the soap residue and dry thoroughly.

Use a belt sander with a fine grit sandpaper to light sand and lightly rough the surface of the counter-top. Move the sander constantly in order to avoid depressions in the surface. Sand the corners and edges by hand in order to reach the edges entirely. Make sure you wear a dust mask and safety glasses when sanding Corian. It is very important to lightly rough the surface so the epoxy paint has a good surface to grip on to.

Vacuum the dust off of it.

Wipe the counter down with a damp rag several times to remove excess dust. Wait at least 12 to 24 hours for all dust to settle before painting.

Choose a 2 part epoxy paint from a paint retailer, home improvement store or hardware store. Epoxy paints come in many colors and come in many finishes such as matte finish, gloss finish or high gloss finish.

Prime the counter-tops with an epoxy primer applied with a roller. Choose a roller with a very low nap for smooth hard surfaces.

Allow the epoxy primer to dry completely.

Apply 2 coats of epoxy paint over the epoxy primer, allowing each coat of paint to dry before applying the next coat.

Add a little personality to your countertops by stenciling a design with an epoxy paint or create a splatter effect.

Epoxy primer and paint will adhere to a Corian countertop, but the paint will wear. Scratches will show the previous countertop color. It is usually just easier to buff and polish an existing Corian countertop, unless you really hate the color. Keep in mind if you choose to change a painted surface you can.







Jul 14, 2010 1:16pm
Wow! I would have thought the paint would come off with wear and not hold up to the moisture and heat of every day use.
Jul 14, 2010 2:07pm
A 2 part epoxy paint has binding agents that bond to a surface. Over the course of time, the paint will wear.
Jul 19, 2010 7:45am
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Aug 29, 2010 6:20pm
I didn't know this could be done. Thanks for sharing.
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