Countertops before or after painting?

Should new countertops be installed before or after the cabinet painting is done? 

In most cases new countertops can installed before or after but it’s important installers hold off on applying any silicon where new paint will be applied. Paint does not stick to silicon!

NOTE: We can remove silicon but it’s time consuming which adds to labour costs. 

If you are changing countertops before painting, installers should not apply Silicon anywhere wood will be painted.


  • Paint does not stick to silicon.
  • Silicon removal is tedious and problematic to kitchen cabinet painting. Any silicon touching wood should only be applied after painting.

  • Installing countertops prior to kitchen cabinet painting