Our products are paintable, but you will need to prepare the surface first before doing so. Make sure the surface is dry and free of any dust or other material that may hinder the adhesion of the paint. It will also be necessary to use a primer on the surface before painting to assure you get the best possible result. Because our products are water resistant, painting directly on the boards without a primer will create the paint to “bead up” similar to what may happen if water comes into contact with the surface. When choosing a primer, we recommend using a product that will bond to surfaces such as paper, Formica or a similar nonporous material. As long as you use a good primer, you will be able to use a water based paint and paint the product to your liking. Please note that painting Way Basics products is at your own risk with no returns or exchanges.