I have gotten some great advice from
members of this forum in the past so I thought I would ask for advice on my
latest project: Updating our kitchen cabinets which are currently 1980's
style dark wood.
The cabinets are in great structural condition + we have a limited budget so
we are thinking of painting them white and replacing the door hardware and
drawer pulls. Everyone tells me how tedious and time consuming it is to
hand prime and paint them because of the # of coats it takes, etc. So, can
anyone tell me if buying/renting a paint spray gun would be a better route?
If so, what should I look for? Can I accomplish this in a weekend? Or,
should I just hire a professional? What can I expect to pay to hire
Thanks for your help!
90% of painting labor is in the preparation. If you spray, all you save is
some brushing. You still have to degrease, sand, prime by hand, and sand
between coats. It is especially important to prepare a varnish-type finish
carefully before painting, or the paint will chip like crazy. "Liquid
sandpaper" is probably the best thing to use.
It is more than a weekend, for sure. You will need three coats in all
liklihood, plus prep. But hiring someone won't be cheap if he does a good
job--he has to spend time too, and unlike yourself, he expects to be paid.
It is probably two full days work even if you take off all the hardware and
then replace everything after he is done.
You can certainly do this yourself--do part of the job one weekend and then
do the rest later.
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