Asked on Oct 23, 2017

Cabinet painting- can faux wooden doors be painted?

AngelWilliamLinda Webb


My kitchen cabinets have solid wood doors but the sides are faux. Can these be painted or will it bubble and lift

3 answers
  • Linda Webb
    on Oct 23, 2017

    sand thoroughly, prime, and then spray with rustoleum plastic paint.
  • William
    on Oct 23, 2017

    No problem. Prep is the key. Rust-Oleum plastic paint?! HA HA!!
    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.
  • Angel
    on Oct 23, 2017

    Almost anything can be painted successfully if it's properly cleaned and primed first. See the clerk at your local hardware store for the best products to use.
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