Things to know before you paint your cabinets

t’s a new year and time to start on some new projects. It’s the time of year when you decide to give some of the old things in your house a new look. Your cabinets are certainly no exception. Before you start taping, sanding and painting, we’ve put together a few tips you may want to read through before you start painting your cabinets.

Paint Wood, Not Laminate

If your cabinets are unfinished, already painted, or stained, you can paint over them. Any surface you can scruff up with sandpaper so that the paint adheres well is good. If you decide to paint your laminate cabinets make sure you use the correct bonding primer. Bring a sample of your cabinets to your local paint shop to ensure the correct product is applied.

Stained or glossy cabinets will have to be de-glossed first. Using a liquid sander like Wil-Bond is a great way to prep cabinets that are stained or glossy or simply scuff sanding the surfaces is also an option.

Remove and Label Doors and Drawers

Before you start anything, take all the doors off, pull the drawers out and remove the hardware knobs and hinges. This is a crucial first step that you don’t want to overlook. It can be a lot of work to remove them, but it can be even more work if you don’t.

When paint gets on your hinges, handles, and knobs, the only thing you can do is remove them and soak them to remove the paint. Save yourself the trouble and remove everything before you start painting your cabinets.

When it comes to labeling, a simple piece of masking tape on each door and drawer will do the trick. Make sure the label is precise like, “above the stove, right”, so there’s no guessing. Keep the screws and hinges in a safe place so they’re easy to replace.

Don’t Skip Sanding and Cleaning

This is the step you probably think you can get away with, but you shouldn’t. It is extremely important to not only make sure your cabinets are clean but sanded as well.

When it comes to sanding, you don’t need to get to bare wood, you just need to get from glossy to matte. Your paint needs a good surface to adhere to. Usually, 150 to 200 grit is good for sanding your cabinets.

Making sure your cabinets are dust-free before you start is essential. If you leave any dust you’ll have a gritty finish and it will look like you painted over-sand. You’ll have to sand and paint all over again if you don’t.

Use Primer Before You Paint

We can’t stress this step enough. Make sure you use a primer before you paint. You could have an amazing paint job and then 3 or 4 months later a knot in the wood will start to show, or worse.

You should avoid using an all-in-one primer and paint product as most don’t do either very well. Using a bonding primer will ensure proper adhesion. We prefer XIM UVA bonding primer. It’s a water-based primer. Also, shellac oil-based bonding primers are a great choice.

Call Greenwood Painting

Painting your cabinets the right way can be a lot of work. At Greenwood Painting, we do great work on all types of cabinets. We’re fast, efficient, and affordable. Call us today for a free estimate on your next cabinet painting project.

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