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Galley countertop refinishing

We have deep blue, Formica countertops in the galley. The galley is at the foot of the stairs/ladder to the cabin, and it's the first thing you see when you look into the boat. I think painting/refinishing the countertops would go a long way toward freshening the look of the boat. Is there an inexpensive (less than $50) solution for painting countertops that will handle being in a marine environment? I'm not usually a stickler for "marine" stuff, but I really don't want the countertop paint to be flaking off at the beginning of next season.

Another option I've considered is to find some thin granite or tile and glue that down, but then you get into grout lines, etc., and it just doesn't seem like a good idea. Solid granite countertops would be WAY out of my budget, and might impact the balance of the boat. So, that's why I keep coming back to the paint idea.

As usual, any suggestions are appreciated!
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Re: Galley countertop refinishing

Why not a new piece of formica in your color of choice?
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Re: Galley countertop refinishing

Laziness and the desire for instant gratification. Otherwise yes, that's probably the better option.
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Re: Galley countertop refinishing

How about some teak, cherry, or mahogany. Then stain it.
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Re: Galley countertop refinishing

I think that might be too dark, too. I have wood trim on the counters, but wooden counters would be too much.
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Re: Galley countertop refinishing

How about blonde oak. Or light Corian surface.
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Re: Galley countertop refinishing

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Laziness and the desire for instant gratification. Otherwise yes, that's probably the better option.
If you can get the old piece off without destroying it to badly, a kitchen shop can cut you a new piece to match. if you have the patience and don't mind ruining a few pieces you can get a formica knife and cut it your self.
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Re: Galley countertop refinishing

I redid mine (OK it was in Malaysia) by going to a formica/laminate shop and selecting the sheet I wanted... a whiteish marble... and then asked who is the best kitchen tradesmaqn they supplied to. I saw them and draged the guy to the boat, he measuerd up, next day bought his offsider and within a few hours I had a LOVELY new kitchen!

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Re: Galley countertop refinishing

You can buy paint made for refinishing counter tops. [edit] Some of them are multi-part that end with an epoxy clearcoat, should be plenty tough enough.
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Re: Galley countertop refinishing

It is quite easy to just glue new laminate over the old as long as the existing mica is not lifting. Just rough up the old surfaces really well with rough grit sandpaper. If you make paper patterns of the old shapes, it can all be done quickly with no damage. Use a good quality contact cement, some dowels to keep underneath until you get the new pieces in position and voila, bright and shiny new tops in no time. Boat tops are usually inside high edge trim, so there are not even any edges to rout.

Corian or similar solid materials are very nice, as suggested above by Dave, but they would require a major rip-and-tear in order to replace the existing tops. IMO tile and Granite do not belong on small boats because of the weight, the hardness and possibility of becoming dangerous flying objects.
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