Asked on May 13, 2017

How do you successfully paint laminated cabinet doors?

Lorraine Latour SheaEloiseJkv8322019


9 answers
  • Janet Pizaro
    on May 13, 2017

    Remove the doors and hardware.Lightly sand,clean,prime with two coats allowing to dry in-between using a foam brush,Paint and seal with a polycrylic.
  • William
    on May 13, 2017

    Remove the doors and hardware. Mark the doors and cabinets with tape where they go. Lightly sand the doors and cabinets to remove any gloss and roughen the surface for paint. Prime with a stain blocking primer like Zinsser 123. Then paint with your color. Seal with at least three coats with a water based polyurethane. Use a small foam roller and foam brush for a smooth finish.
  • Patricia
    on May 13, 2017

    You can use Chalk Paint directly on laminate without priming. But it will need to be sealed with either clear wax or a top coat. I like General Finishes High Performance Top Coat.
  • Karrel Buck
    on May 14, 2017

    Thank you, I will look into that
  • Karan Kay Hultgren-Pool
    on May 14, 2017

    First you need to tell me if the doors are latex or oil based.
  • Tay-peg
    on May 14, 2017

    We used melamine paint. They don't need to be sealed afterwards. Make sure they are cleaned well first and sand out any rough spots it takes two coats We did ours two years ago and they are holding up well. This paint can be tinted to whatever colour you like . We just painted and changed the hardware. Here is a before and after picture
  • Jkv8322019
    on May 14, 2017

    I used General Finishes Java Gel to give my maple cabinets a rich hand rubbed finish. I used a regular kitchen scrubby, mineral sprits and where grease was an issue, I made sure to clean that well. (If you don't the gel will find it , bead up and you have to remove it with a dry cloth.) I applied the gel with a sponge brush and rubbed it with a cloth to achieve the color I wanted. Sealed with 3 top coats of water based polyurethane. BIG hint....let the doors dry standing up or dust particles settle and make the finish seedy feeling. The gel is very forgiving . I used the same Java in the bathrooms too, but just applied it directly for an almost black finish. Be patient and do one coat at a time. 2-3 coats plus 3 coats of clear.
    , original maple color, hand rubbed Java finish on upper and lower cabinets island is new not re done, from original maple to deep Java applied directly with a sponge brush after cleaning
  • Eloise
    on May 14, 2017

    I've had great success with Rustoleum's Cabinet Transformations and Furniture Transformations kits. No stripping or sanding required and very little prep work (wipe on prep is included in the kit). And it doesn't require a lot of ventilation. There are many colors available, in both light and dark colors. Check out the info here:>
  • Lorraine Latour Shea
    on May 16, 2017

    I have discovered bonding primer. I had lots of dark wood in my home that I wanted to change to white. This bonding primer has a glue type material in it so the paint really sticks to it. Little or no sanding required and I choose 'no' sanding.
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