My desk and the book shelf are a type of laminate (more like paper than vinyl or plastic). So I've ventured into painting laminate. I found some good directions on HGTV.com to paint laminate counter tops and spoke with a guy at the hardware store who does kitchen remodeling and gave me some pointers. So here's the process I'm using.
No one told me if I should use a roller or brush so...I'm rolling on the primer and paint. For some reason I get a more even coat when I roll the paint on than when I use a brush. When I finally get to the sealant I think I will use a brush but will be able to tell if that's a wise choice when I do my first coat.
The key (I'm told) is to let each coat dry completely before applying the next coat. Yes, this is taking forever and sometimes I get a little impatient watching paint dry. But I'm following the directions and suggestions given to me. I will let you know how it comes out in the end.