Asked on Oct 2, 2017

How to paint cabinets



the are a a light coffee do I need to sand them or can I just clean them and paint over.
they are stained and a coat of varnish I think.

5 answers
  • Fauxgal
    on Oct 2, 2017

    Clean them thoroughly with TSP. Then rinse.
    Then wipe them with white rubbing alcohol.
    Then sand them with an electric sander; stay in the direction of the grain. Wipe down.
    Wipe down with rubbing alcohol again.
    Buy a top-of-the-line paint that is recommended for strength. I recommend PPG Porter Paint's Advantage 900 in semi-gloss. Buy a high quality paint brush(es).
    Paint in direction of grain. Let each coat dry overnight.
    Very, very, lightly sand in between coats; close your eyes and feel with your hands. (If you feel a "tooth" then it needs to be lightly sanded with a FINE grade sanding sponge.)
    Changing from dark to light, you can expect 3 - 5 coats.
    No top coat needed if you use Advantage 900.
  • M. M..
    on Oct 2, 2017

    I would give them a good cleaning, with TSP (at the hardware store) to get any grease/oil stains out, then lightly sand them and refinish them the way you want.
    It's easier to paint doors and drawer fronts if you take them out and lay them flat, then you can paint the cabinet bases and re install the doors without painting around them.
  • Joy30150932
    on Oct 2, 2017

    Be sure to thoroughly clean your cabinets first. Sand with a fine grit sandpaper and wipe clean. You can then varathane with at least two coats.
  • Johnavallance82
    on Oct 2, 2017

    If you want to paint over them you should use ESP Primer, then undercoat and then Top coat...
  • Archie
    on Oct 2, 2017

    They certainly have to be cleaned first then lightly sanded and cleaned again. Then a good primer used and you can paint away. Be sure the paint and primer can be used together.
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