I assume you mean clear polyurethane varnish, correct?
Enamel better by far. Avoids any potential problems of the varnish
bonding to the paint, plus the difficulty of getting a smooth flat coat
My choice would be true enamel (oil-based), though I'm guessing you're
talking about latex (water-based) "enamel" (i.e., gloss finish).
Personally, I like Vista, but I probably won\'t use it. I like it
because it generates considerable business for me in consulting and
I would never use latex in a kitchen. Alkyd semi-gloss is, by far, my
preference. If, by "enamel", you mean high-gloss, be careful. It can
be very difficult for a newby to apply - I haven't used it many times,
but brushing it out was tough. It can also make defects or uneven
surface stand out. When it comes time to paint again, latex is a bugger
because it is too soft to sand. When it comes to clean-up, it isn't
much different - just water vs. mineral spirits.
Any quality oil based alkyd enamel will look great. For a really nice
finish, you can buy a Harbpr Freight compressor and spray gun ($100
+-) if you don't already have one and do the drawer fronts and doors a
few at a time when weather permits outdoors. Even cheaper at $20 is a
Wagner type sprayer that will give acceptable results if you're
careful. This avoids the common problem of brush marks in enamels
using the typical paint and brushes available today.
I really like the foam brushes for this kind of application.
The Woosters brushes sold at Lowes are great. Pass on the
cheap and nasty Home Depot jobs.
I've poly finished a lot of cabinets with the Woosters and
you'll have a hard time find a single run or even a brush
stroke. They make it *really* easy to produce a very nice
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