Clean kitchen cabinets before painting them?

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  • Bet32216970 Bet32216970 on Mar 03, 2018
    By all means clean them firs.
  • Dfm Dfm on Mar 03, 2018
    you need to clean them. Grease, other grime can prevent the paint from adhering properly.
  • Landsharkinnc Landsharkinnc on Mar 03, 2018
    OH Yes!! You have to clean them!! KrudCutter degreaser/deglosser to start with, remove hardware ( handles -hinges ) and select a paint that is scrubbable - and that has a primer in it -- but -- good paint jobs start with the right preparation!
  • William William on Mar 03, 2018
    Can't paint over dirt, grime, and grease.

    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.
  • Linda Sikut Linda Sikut on Mar 03, 2018
    Hi Sandra,
    Yes, it is important to clean them as others have said. Below is an article about painting cupboards that will help get the best results if you follow all of the steps. Wishing you the best.
  • 27524803 27524803 on Mar 03, 2018
    If you want all your hard work to last and not need doing again in a couple of years... you WILL need to wash down the cabinets with a good degreaser such as Simple Green or TSP... OR you need to strip all the old paint off completely. Then you need to sand, prime, paint or stain and seal... use several coats of sealer to keep fingerprints and grease away from the paint and make them easy to clean.
  • Sharon Sharon on Mar 03, 2018
    Yes you need to degrease them first or the paint won't stick. I use Dollar Tree Awesome Orange in the half gallon, and the Awesome Degreaser. Pick up a car sponge, round plastic scrubbies and kitchen rubber gloves and a bucket to do the job. I first mix Awesome Orange in hot water and use the bucket and car sponge to wipe them down. If you encounter real grease, you use the Awesome Degreaser in the spray bottle and the scrubby to get it off. Then wipe with the Orange solution.
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