We just bought a home and it has new shaker style Kraftmaid cabinets in
the Frost Glaze finish.
Can anyone give me some advice on what it would take to repaint the
cabinets? We really hate the color, and my wife wants a white
kitchen...the frost glaze is a yellow-cream and just doesn't look good
in the house.
I am trying to asses if this is a project I could undertake myself-
refinishing novice- or if this is going to be a professional job. I
contacted Kraftmaid and they gave me this big speach on how their cabs
are "not made to be refinished" because of the "bake on process" that
So any advice you can provide is much appreciated. Is this simply a
"scuff and paint" type job, or am I going to have to get into bonding
agents and all that?
Here is a good starter article to give you some info:
I see no reason you can't paint over this particular finish, although I
would go with a professional to do it. doing it yourself would be a
little like winning a new Lexus and taking a brush to it because you'd
prefer another color, in my opinion.
On Wed, 10 Jan 2007 10:24:15 -0800, anthony.claudia wrote:
Looking at their Web site it looks like they used some kind of high-tech
finish over birch. Could be a catalyzed lacquer, could be a urethane,
could be something else. If they finished it with a silicone wax you're
screwed. Otherwise it should be possible to refinish it to whatever level
If you want to refinish to the same level of durability and you're not
sure of your abilities, then I'd say hire a pro to do it. If you just
want it white and are willing to repaint in a few years as required then
prime it, paint it, and be done with it.
You could try one of the high tech finishes--the new waterbornes from ML
Campbell and Fuhr and the like are really decent and pretty close to as
durable as whatever came on the cabinets, but they don't brush very
well--they really need to be sprayed for best results--you could brush or
roll one of the older solvent-based systems but be aware that they are
highly flammable (I mean like pretend it's gasoline and you've got the
right idea) and the concentrated fumes are toxic (I'm not talking
"possible carcinogen", I mean with a low dose you get a buzz, high enough
dose you get dead).
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