I am about to paint my cabinet doors and base in my kitchen and wanted to ask if it is ok to use a paint sprayer??
Vanessa, give your cabinets a light sanding before you apply a base coat. Then you can use whatever kind of paint you want. Spraying is the best way to get a professional looking finish. Don't worry about a good cover the first coat of your finish, and let it dry between coats.
After 50years of remodeling and saving my customers alot of money by keeping their old cabinets and refacing or painting I can tell you it gives a beautiful finished look and is durable IF, I SAID IF,IF,IF, you do your prep. almost every surface finish is made by the prep. Clean well cooked on grease vapor is there get rid of it. Then as the lady before said Sand. using fine paper. on laminate 220 then depending on the type and consistency of your liquid finish go finer or you are ready to spray. Strain your paint and test! pressure makes a difference in the surface when done. about 40 lbs in general. alot of variables but it is worth it when you look at 10K for cabinets or more God bless
I built a new back to my island cabinets and primed & painted them with a brush using an alkaloid enamel paint - easy to brush on and it is very durable I'd never use anything else on wood - you won't get runs when the paint dries it is smooth as glass - buying a good brush is key you don't want bristles falling out - use one for varnishing and straining (very soft and flex-able) Never any runs - Good luck
Thanks for the great tips and responses! I have cleaned the cabinets with TSP and cleaned my hinges in simple green. Im going to spray the hinges with rust-olim and changing the front hardware. I used pledge to see the real finish in the wood. Its not a bad finish, SO, Im now stuck again.. Here is the question.. Keep them wood and put a nice stain, or go with the plan and spray creamish color with the stained edges. We are putting our money into the counter tops, going with solid surface and the floor i'm thinking about the Armstrong vinyl tile. I have a 3yr old who likes to play on the floor and it seems to be soft, easy to clean and less cost. I'll post a pic of the cabinets and thanks for all the great advice! Homes talk rocks!
VAnessa...you might want to look at the traffic master Allure vinyl plank flooring...I have done a few projects with it..its very DIY freindly. http://www.homedepot.com/webapp/catalog/servl... as far as your cabinets go...to change the color with a "stain" going darker will work IF you remove all traces of the protective top finish (poly or lacquer) the stain will need to "contact" the wood not the previous finish....with that in mind the painting may be less work.
If you keep them stained, they will look better longer. This is because polyurethane is harder than paint so it will clean up better and be less likely to chip. Also, the stained look shows dirt less. Plus, you get to see the wood, if you like that. To do anything, first you have to remove all the polish, grease, etc. Go to the local Sher-Wms and pick up some of their waterbased deglosser. It works great and is fairly non-toxic. You then can go over the cabinets with a glaze to change the stain color to give them a richer look and freshen them up. At that point you are ready for 2 clear top coats. Here is a post of a job we just finished. You can pick any glaze color that there is for paint. http://www.hometalk.com/activity/143478
I have had my eye on the Allure! I would love to have it.. just looking for it to go on sale.. i have priced it out and its around 1.99 SF which is not bad, considering I would not need to buy the mat for it to lay on. I do believe Allure wins! Some times you can find it on sale around 1.59 SF at Home Depot.. just have to look around. Thanks KMS!
I got the Allure Oak today! I am so excited to put it in, but have to wait a couple days for it to adjust to the climate in my home.. I will post before and after by next week :)
Vanessa...make sure you vacuum well and keep the areas clear of "crumbs" and bits of debris. the allure works by have two "adhesive" surfaces stick to each other. debris can be a problem on the underside of the piece your installing as it is invisible.