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Anyone know what to paint a plastic mantel piece?

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omletta Thu 08-Sep-11 11:28:18

Just bought a 1960?s house, which I would say has been ?modernised? at some point in the 80?s. We are on a very tight budget and so trying to do somethings on the cheap to make it bearable whilst dealing with the big things (hideous carpets)

The fire surround (gas fire ? marble ledge and back - not particularly to my style but ok) seems to be a sort of laminated, wood effect plastic and I would really like to paint it out ? would a gloss paint work (have had a go, but it went very patchy ? possibly needs multiple coats) or should I use a plastic paint? And if so will this make it look like a plastic mantel piece??

All ideas appreciated.

Kladdkaka Thu 08-Sep-11 21:06:12

You can buy special paints for painting kitchen cabinets. They come with a special primer that you have to use first. I wonder if that will work as the materials sound similar.

Kladdkaka Thu 08-Sep-11 21:08:57

I found a better solution, try this

MitchiestInge Thu 08-Sep-11 21:10:22

a plastic mantelpiece? is it second cousin to the chocolate fire guard?

Kladdkaka Thu 08-Sep-11 21:10:28

Oops, that link doesn't work properly. Go to the paints section and choose melamine paint.

icapturethecastle Thu 08-Sep-11 21:14:03

I don't know if it would work but you could spray paint it with a stone effect spray paint. I know someone who did this to a fireplace and it looked quite good. [ here]

icapturethecastle Thu 08-Sep-11 21:14:29

sorry link didn't workhere

omletta Fri 09-Sep-11 10:27:05

Thanks everyone. I am going to try the melamine paint as although the stone effect looks lovely it is such a monstrosity I don’t want to draw attention to it – it really is the most hideous thing ever – I keep on looking at it an thinking – what were they thinking off?

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