How do I keep the oils in the wood from coming through the paint?

When my husband and I remodeled our kitchen we got unfinished wood cabinets from Home Depot with the intention of painting them white. We used the recommended primer for the wood and have put 5 coats of the cabinet paint on and there are some areas where the oils (not sure if that is what it is) come through the paint! It makes my cabinets look dirty even though they are clean. Do I use a different paint? Will this happen with any color? Would chalk paint fix the problem?(my mom is using chalk paint for everything these days).
q how do i keep the oils in the wood from coming through the paint
q how do i keep the oils in the wood from coming through the paint
q how do i keep the oils in the wood from coming through the paint
  6 answers
  • Gk Gk on May 17, 2018
    That is so weird after 5 coats of paint. I too painted unfinished cabinets with gray paint and I did not have this problem. You can buy a clear sealer and apply it and then paint over it. It is not a poly--it is a sealer. I would not use chalk paint. I would stick to the paint you used or otherwise you might have a difference in color and you would have to redo everything. This way you should be able to just redo the areas that are an issue. Plus--you would also need to seal the chalk paint--either with a poly or wax. Another step you may not want to do.
  • GrandmasHouseDIY GrandmasHouseDIY on May 17, 2018
    Hi Morgan, I would recommend two coats the oil based primer made by kilkz and then another two coats of your cabinet paint.
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on May 17, 2018
    what was the primer used?
    • Morgan Morgan on May 17, 2018
      this is what I used it was recommended to me by someone in the paint department. I did 2 coats
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on May 17, 2018
    To be honest with you as a ex Home depot associate,I do not think that was the right primer for your project.I have worked in the paint dept.I read the description and all it said as wood, not what kind of wood. So heres my thought first off call glidden,ask for a manager, explain what happened and request a full refund, next call Home Depot get a manager and a name,explaint that the products purchased did not meet you expectations, request a refund.I know this sounds like alot ,however you were totally given wrong instructions.If you do not receive any satisfaction call the Atlanta Head quarters.
    • Morgan Morgan on May 20, 2018
      Thank you for the advice! Home Depot is giving me and my husband tbe correct paint free of charge!
  • William William on May 22, 2018
    YUUUP! Sounds like wrong primer. Kilz would have worked. A sanding sealer for raw wood would also have helped. Glad you got it resolved.
  • Betsy Betsy on May 22, 2018
    Oh, that's horrible! The advice given above is very good. Good luck with this, I'm so sorry you have to redo them.
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