Need advice on painting formica/paneling backsplash
I have a backsplash that is formica - plus one wall's backsplash is part formica and part oak paneling where a desk used to be. The formica was placed over the paneling -there is no dry wall underneath. I would like to paint my backsplash - currently it is all covered with wallpaper, which I intend to remove. How should I go about painting the formica? What would be the best primer to use? Can I somehow smooth out the grooves in the paneling, so it will look more like a flat wall? Should I use spackling compound? Joint putty? A covering of some type? Help! There are corian backsplashes that now partially cover the formica, so it doesn't butt up against the horizontal surface.