For some reason I'm thinking that polyurethane clearcoat would be a superb
finish for kitchen cabinets--using an automotive shop addresses the big
objection to using a 2K polyurethane, which is the specialized equipment
required to do it without wasting a huge amount of expensive coating.
Automotive paint is for cars. (period) It is very brittle and will chip
if used on wood. I refinish pinball playfields and some guys perfer
automotive clear because it dries real quick and has a deep finish,
however, it will get spider web stress cracks and chip, if not properly
done and mixed. I use water based poly with superior results, but it
takes days for this stuff to dry before I can sand it, but this stuff
is durable. With all the types of paint on the market I am sure you can
find a paint that will suit your needs. I am not a "paint guru" but
polys and epoxies are super strong, durable and work well on wood. If
you have metal cabinets you can find a real professional painter/metal
refinisher to do a spray on electro static paint job that will look
better than factory. I have seen them refinish lab cabinets that look
like a factory finish and they do them in place, with zip over spray.
J. Clarke wrote:
I saw a decorator's kitchen who had her kitchen cabinets painted by a friend
at an auto body shop using car paint. They looked very rich compared to the
original "builder's special" look that they originally had.
Unfortunately more money does not always mean more quality, especially
if the product is not stable for the use.
I am not saying it would not work well, but rather that I personally
would have my doubts.
An auto shop would do a good job, but you want a product that stands up
to oils and abrasions, maybe auto paint is not the best, contact 3m,
Dupont, for their product advise. See if Sherwin Williams has automobile
paints, best is ask a manufacturer that makes both. Now if it is wood,
you need paint that expands and contracts, paint for specificly wood
cabinets that hold up to oils and hands, auto paint may be to hard and
crack and look bad in a year.
there are specific places for cabinets, my neighbor at work is one such,
familiar with the paints and processes.
Biggest issue is that all auto paints are gloss, while most home
finishes are some matte etc, which is actually a trickty little
deal[paint is naturally glossy and needs additives to be 'flat'
I know of only one time of someone using automotive paint on kitchen
cabinets and it turned out great. I know they are at least 25 years old and
look great still. There was an extreme amout of work in preping the
cabinets. Mutiple coats of sealers, hardeners, primers and endless hours of
sanding. Painting a car was less work. Glad i dont live with it, I would be
tired of the red and black Chinese motiff by now.
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