Refinishing Formica cabinets is a tricky process, and in many instances it is easier to call in a professional. Because Formica is a very slippery surface, refinishing and repainting become difficult as a do-it-yourself project.
Before refinishing Formica cabinets, the cabinets should be taken down and moved outside. The person doing the refinishing should wear a mask while working inside to avoid inhaling plastic dust. The cabinets must be sanded to rough up the surface, and a strong shellac primer should be applied for best results. After the cabinets have been sanded and primed, they're ready for painting and refinishing.