Can vinyle laminated cabinets be painted?

My kitchen cabinets are vinyl laminated finish from Loews and I am wanting a change.

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  • Constance Constance on Nov 17, 2017
    I hope I'm answering your question correctly. We're painting an old 1984 mobile home with a surface similar to yours and it's a nightmare. It can be done, but you have to be patient and willing to put in the work.

    I started by scrubbing the surface of all dirt and grime and letting it thoroughly dry. Next came the best primer I could get. Although I primered, I still needed 3 coats of paint to really cover like I wanted. Then I found that the paint surface easily scratched so I had to do a final coat of polyurethane. It looks great and I'm pleased, but it was a tough chore to cover the laminate.

    There are products out there that are supposed to be specifically for covering laminate, but my experience with them hasn't been that great. The only way I've been really pleased is by putting in all the work I described above. Good luck and let us know what you do.
  • Janet Panos Janet Panos on Nov 17, 2017
    Hello Charlene! If you need a step-by-step painting vinyl cabinets, please click on the link below:

  • William William on Nov 17, 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.
  • Mogie Mogie on Nov 17, 2017
    Yeap remove doors and hardware. Sand, prime and paint. The new paint needs a surface with teeth so it can stick. I made the mistake of painting a laminate surface without first sanding and within a few weeks I had paint peeling off.
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