I want to paint my kitchen cabinets a light gray color

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I am afraid they will chip. Has anyone used the epoxy? I understand this makes the painted cabinets look more professional. I need advice please

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  • Bobbi Lively Bobbi Lively on Oct 30, 2017
    i don't think I would use epoxy. I would seal it with a poly-urethane though.
    • Jlf1441215 Jlf1441215 on Oct 30, 2017
      Thank you Bobbi. I appreciate you responding. I had heard epoxy would harden the surface and make it chip resistant. Thank you for your response
  • Fauxgal Fauxgal on Oct 30, 2017
    Hi! We've been doing cabinetry and furniture for more 25 years or so.
    I'm going to tell you how we do it. Very successfully! The only thing you need to be careful with, is your fingernails as you grab the handles. They can scrape the paint off over time. (OR you can buy backer plates for your handles and knobs.)
    First, you don't have to take your doors down to paint them. Just use an artist's brush around the hinges. **IF you don't want to paint the entire inside of the cabinet (and it is usually not necessary, by the way), paint the outsides (of course), the insides of the doors, and the front facings of the inside shelves.
    Oak has a grain that pretty much cannot be covered up without a LOT of work. So if your cabinets are oak, just know you will still see the grain a little.
    Don't use your kitchen while in process. OR use very, very lightly.
    So, start with cleaning them really well. I recommend TSP (use gloves); rinse well. Let dry.
    Then electric sand them in the direction of the grain only (or in the direction the grain would go). Clean that off.
    Wipe it down with white rubbing alcohol to remove all residue and oils.
    IF you want to be sure that the areas around your stove adhere well, then you can oil prime in those areas that may have picked up grease in the grain of the wood. Acrylic paints will stick to oil primer. Buy a quality oil primer though.
    Buy quality, soft, brushes that are made for acrylic paints.
    I recommend PPG/Porter Paints Advantage 900 paint, in semi-gloss sheen. It is very, very durable. It has great adherence qualities; it will stick to stain and oil paints. It is even hard to get off your skin. If you get it on your skin, rub off with white rubbing alcohol is faster than scrubbing with soap and water.
    Paint thin coats on your cabinets, and let each coat dry overnight.
    Hand-sand very lightly between each coat. (buy a couple "fine" sanding sponges at the hardware store.) Just close your eyes and feel, until completely smooth. Wipe off well.
    In the end, once the color has built up sufficiently, you will not need to put a sealing poly coat on THIS paint.
    Paint takes 30 days to fully cure. But you can resume using your kitchen after a week. Make sure when you clean in the future, that you don't spray them with spray cleaners. Just gently clean with soap and water as needed.
    IF your weather is wet for very long, then you will need longer to cure, before you use it. Good Luck!
    • Jlf1441215 Jlf1441215 on Oct 30, 2017
      Thank you for answering my questions. I actually did not think about backer plates on the hardware. I had not heard of this paint and I appreciate your recommendation.
  • Nancy Nancy on Oct 30, 2017
    Go to Sherwin Williams. They can advise you. They make a degreasing product to use first. They also make a self leveling cabinet paint that also gives a professional look...no brush marks. I do believe it has a warranty with it.
    Please post whatever you do!
  • Jacquie Jacquie on Oct 30, 2017
    check with local paint store and Home Depot
    they have experienced people there.
  • Heidi Heidi on Oct 30, 2017
    I used the rustoleum cabinet transformations, it comes in many colors and held up well, even with 4 kids