i know just about nothing when it comes to this... could someone tell me
what kind of paint i could use to paint 30 yr old kitchen cabinets? they
cannot be sanded and re-stained (i already looked into that)..
i'd like to paint them with a flat paint, but not sure what kind of paint to
use.... any help would be appreciated.
flat is probably not suited to that purpose, lean towards an eggshell
alkyd enamel, prep will involve serious cleaning degreasing and
perhaps a primer sealant, dings can be filled with auto body glaze and
You need to sand, prime, then paint, preferably with a gloss or semi-gloss
enamel. Flat will be a mess from normal kitchen grease in a short time.
I'd visit a good paint store (not a big box store paint department) and get
some ideas on what they have available that will suite your needs best. The
often have painted samples so you can see what the finish will be like.
Also those new foam mini rollers will avoid brush marks and roller lap
marks (due to rounded roller ends), that is if the doors lend
themselves to roller painting (IOW flat and without applied detail
moulding), if the doors are detailed you will have to use brush.
I would use a high gloss oil based paint like Rustoleum. And I'd also
remove the doors and spray paint them. Use thinned out Rustoleum with
rollers with curved ends for the in place vertical pieces. But that's
just me. Actually, if they were mine I'd refinish them proper with
stain and high gloss oil based polyeurethane. I'm curious as to why
you "can't" do this.
The cabinets are wood with clear finish? Particle board with printed
wood grain? How many cabinets, doors and drawers? It is conceiveable
that stripping and refinishing (real wood) with stain and clear coat
could be roughly equal amount of work as painting. If the present
finish is very dark, you might end up needing a coat of primer and two
or three coats of paint. Either way, they need to be completely clean
and free of grease. Take all hardware off and work outdoors or in
garage. Wash them with good household cleaner (Formula 409, etc.). If
there are areas with gummy dried grease, clean them with fine steel wool
and mineral spirits and then with denatured alcohol. Sand. Vacuum to
remove dust. Prime. Paint with semi-gloss alkyd paint, using quality
brush. Flat paint is a poor choice for two reasons - dirt harder to
remove, and grease will make the flat paint have shiny spots. High
gloss paint is more difficult to apply and will show irregularities
more. Good luck.
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