How to Paint Countertops to Look Like Quartz

Materials Needed

  • High adhesion primer
  • Countertop paint kit (containing paint and clear protective coat)
  • Paint brushes
  • Paint roller
  • Paint tray
  • Sandpaper
  • Tack cloth
  • Painter’s tape

Preparing the Countertops

Proper preparation is key to achieving a smooth, professional looking finish when painting countertops. Here are the steps:

  • Clean the countertops thoroughly with a degreaser to remove any dirt, grease or wax. This will allow the paint to properly adhere.
  • Sand the countertops lightly with fine grit sandpaper. This scuffs up the surface for the primer and paint to bind to.
  • Wipe away all dust with a tack cloth. Make sure the surface is completely clean and dry.
  • Apply painter’s tape around the edges and any adjacent surfaces you don’t want to paint. This keeps the paint neatly on the countertops.

Applying the Primer

The right primer is formulated to stick to slick surfaces like laminate or tile. Using a primer is mandatory for good adhesion and durability of the paint.

  • Apply a thin, even coat of high adhesion primer with a paintbrush. Let the primer dry completely.
  • Lightly sand the primed surface with fine sandpaper to help the paint bind. Wipe away dust with a tack cloth.
  • Apply a second coat of primer for maximum adhesion. Let dry fully.

Painting the Countertops

Now you’re ready to apply the specialty countertop paint. Work in thin, even coats and maintain a wet edge to prevent brush marks and lap lines.

  • Stir the paint well before using. Pour some into a paint tray.
  • Use a short nap roller and paintbrush to apply the first coat in sections. Work from one edge to the other while the paint is still wet.
  • Allow the paint to dry following the manufacturer’s recommended drying time.
  • Lightly sand any imperfections and wipe away dust.
  • Apply the second coat of paint in the same method as the first. Allow to dry fully.

Applying the Protective Top Coat

The clear top coat seals and protects the painted finish.

  • Once the paint has cured per the manufacturer’s directions, stir the protective top coat.
  • Use a foam brush to apply the top coat evenly over the entire surface.
  • Allow to dry fully before use, around 7 days. The top coat prevents scratches, stains, and water damage.

With proper preparation, painting technique, and protective sealing, you can have countertops with the look of stylish, pristine quartz! The smooth finish transforms the space while saving the cost of full replacement. Be sure to use specialty paints designed for countertops and thoroughly prep and clean the surface for success. Enjoy your updated kitchen or bath!

Frequently Asked Questions

Should I scuff sand before priming?

Yes, lightly sanding the countertops before priming gives the paint a surface to grip onto. This is an essential step for proper adhesion. Use fine grit sandpaper and wipe away all dust before priming.

Can I use regular latex paint?

No, you should always use a specialty countertop paint kit. These contain paint formulated to adhere to slick surfaces like laminate or tile, along with a protective clear top coat. Using regular latex paint risks poor binding and durability.

How many coats of paint do I need?

Two to three thin, even coats of countertop paint are recommended for full coverage and an even look. Apply each coat according to the manufacturer’s drying times. Lightly sanding between coats promotes adhesion.

How long does the paint last?

With proper surface preparation, painting technique, and sealing with a protective top coat, the painted finish can last 3-5 years or more before needing touch ups. Avoid abrasive cleaners and hot items directly on the surface.

What’s the best way to apply the paint smoothly?

Use a short nap roller and high quality brush. Maintain a wet edge by painting small sections at a time and brushing from one end to the other while the paint is still wet. This prevents lap marks and uneven coats.


Transforming existing countertops by painting them to look like quartz is an easy and affordable way to update your kitchen or bath with beautiful, modern style. With the right supplies and careful preparation, you can achieve sleek, flawless results. The project can be completed over a weekend. Be sure to properly clean, sand, prime, paint in thin even coats, and seal the finish. Take your time with each step. With some effort and patience, you can have stunning painted countertops with the look of quartz but a fraction of the cost!