Asked on Mar 7, 2013

Repainting cabinets

Rachel MedinaBlueLine Home Maintenance & RemodelingPeace Painting Co., Inc.


So a several years ago I painted my upper cabinets a cream color and the lower ones I painted black. I am wanting to paint all of them white now. Here is my thought, I can easily go over the uppers with white, I used latex for the paint. The bottom ones is where I have a dilema. The paint I used I believe was enamel. Do I have to sand first? I dont want to!! Can I just prime them first and then paint? I need some advice, please and thank you:)
5 answers
  • Douglas Hunt
    on Mar 8, 2013

    This is far beyond my area of expertise. But @Peace Painting Co., Inc. will know.

  • Ball Family Painting
    on Mar 8, 2013

    enamel may just be the finish,my thought would be just to use enamel again,like a semi-gloss enamel,It may take 3 coats because of color

  • Peace Painting Co., Inc.
    on Mar 9, 2013

    Rachel, one principle in painting is don't paint over anything hard and shiny without preparing it properly. If you don't want there to be a possibility of future peeling then something shiny needs to be de-glossed. This can be quickly done with a fine sanding sponge run evenly over the surface. Even if you are applying water base paint over an old oil base paint, a simple sanding then a coat (or two) of TOP-LINE water-base enamel will serve you well. With the proper prep, the top of the line enamels are meant to stick to any surface. Best, Charles

  • I would agree with Charles as you won't want to have to run into peeling within a few years and do this all over again with even more preparation work. You'll already have to use several coats to cover the black cabinets even with high quality paint.

  • Rachel Medina
    on Mar 13, 2013

    Thank you Peace Painting Co, Inc.- Charles:)

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