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Painting Kitchen Cabinets - A quick and simple update
Update a dreary and dim kitchen by giving it new color with a coat of paint. It's a swift and simple solution that requires no construction or other major undertaking. a wonderful alternative to buying new cabinetry.
Select Your Painting Alternative
Epoxy paints are the hardest form of paint finish, but are usually spayed on. Unless you're willing to spend a lot of time preparing adjacent areas from over spray, we recommend another alternative.
Acrylic water-based paints. latex paints, offer ease of use and clean up with soap and water, but take up to 7 days to cure. They do not adhere well to previously painted or finished cabinetry so an oil-based primer must be used first. The final finish is not as hard as provided by an oil-based paint.
Oil-based paints produce a beautiful luster and dry in a relatively short time. They require more intensive clean up (petroleum solvents), but reach final curing hardness within 48 hours.
The Painting Process
Preparation is the key to a successful paint job. It's easy when you observe the following 6 steps.
Step #1: Remove door and drawer hardware and take all doors off their hinges.
Step #2: Wash and degrease all surfaces to be painted with a trisodium phosphate (TSP) cleaner to remove dirt and grime from old surfaces. (Make sure to wear rubber gloves and safety glasses).
Step#3: Lightly sand all cabinets with 120-grit sandpaper to roughen their surfaces, and wipe with tack cloth. This will assure the adherence of a new paint covering to the old surfaces.
Step#4: Prime all exterior surfaces using a high quality paintbrush or roller and allow the primer to dry thoroughly. Use a second coat if necessary to cover original finish or stains.
Step#5: Apply two coats of a high-quality paint and allow it to dry for 24 hours before reassembling components. Be sure to sand between coats with 220-grit sandpaper to remove dust nibs and/or drip marks.
Step#6: Reassemble doors and drawers, and install new hardware.
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