Asked on Oct 21, 2017

What kind of paint to use on laminate kitchen cabinets

Susanroy36WilliamDebbie King
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Do I have to sand before painting?

5 answers
  • Jewellmartin
    on Oct 21, 2017

    If you are painting instead of staining, I really recommend chalk paint. You need to clean all the grease off the cabinets. If they are really smooth, you may need to sand them a little to give the paint something to adhere to. Otherwise, you are ready to paint. It usually only takes a coat or two, depending on the previous color, and then you can seal with a brush or spray on sealer. I would add an extra coat of sealer for the cabinets closest to the stove. Later, just use a clean damp soapy or vinegary sponge to clean the fronts every week or three. Happy painting 😇💞
  • Debbie King
    on Oct 21, 2017

    Yes, clean, then lightly sand. At Home Depot they have a paint for laminate. It is white, but they can add color to it. It works great, but be sure to follow directions carefully. Only use a foam roller. I used a small 3" one and it did well. My kitchen looks like I have new cabinets!
  • William
    on Oct 22, 2017

    Make sure they are clean and dry. 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 with 120- to 220-grit sandpaper. Use a tack cloth or damp rag to remove dust after sanding. Prime with a stain blocking primer like Zinsser 123, KILZ,or BIN and have it tinted to the color of the top coat. This will prevent dark or stained surfaces from showing through the top coat. Acrylic, or water-base, paints are low-fume and clean up easily with water. Alkyd, or oil-base, paints require good ventilation because the paint contains solvents that can irritate your lungs and make you feel sick. Alkyd options require mineral spirits for cleanup, but they provide a hard, durable paint finish. Whichever you use, buy the best-quality paint you can afford for a lasting kitchen cabinet finish. Seal with at least three coats with a water based polyurethane. Use a small foam roller and foam brush for a smooth finish.
  • Susanroy36
    on Oct 22, 2017

    and then let them dry and roll them again and then let them dry and roll them again and they have been up on the wall without any scratches for 15 years soap and water and rinsed let it dry and then I wiped down with rubbing alcohol as I was soap and water and rinsed let it dry and then I wiped down with rubbing alcohol as I was soap and water and rinsed let it dry and then I soap and water and rinsed let it dry and then I wiped down with rubbing alcohol soap and water and rinsed let it dry soap and water and rinsed let it dry andI had laminate (formica) cabinets made for my office and busy ops room at work, and I wanted to change them years later from a blue to a nice neutral tan. I bought Diamond Hard Acrylic Latex (Google the name of it, that is the brand name) paint from a website and they had about 8 - 10 colors to choose from. The prep was so simple! I washed the doors and sides down with soap and water and rinsed, let it dry and then wiped them down with rubbing alcohol per the directions. Using a small 6-8 ince long foam roller I just rolled the cabinets and then let them dry overnight and then put on another coat. I did this 12 years ago and honestly, there's not a scratch on them. So easy and pretty! Best decision ever!
    • Susanroy36
      on Oct 23, 2017

      No, no sanding at all, or priming either. It's actually called DIAMOND HARD ACRYLIC ENAMEL, I looked it up yesterday. It is water based. When I got mine I had to order it online but apparently some box stores carry it now. I think it's specifically for painting laminate or like surfaces. Amazing paint!
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