Paint chipping on cabinet doors?


We bought a house and are now renovating it

The kitchen cabinets have been painted over at least 4 times and some of the paint is peeling and chipping off on some (not all) of the doors.

Would it be better to strip all the paint off all the doors or just the ones that are peeling and chipping

Or is there another way to go?

Also what's the best way to strip solvent/gel , heat or both


Jim S

  4 answers
  • Linda Sikut Linda Sikut on Aug 10, 2018

    Hi Jim,

    I would strip all of them because if the paint is peeling on some of them, it could easily start on other cabinet doors later on. This might even be the reason they've been painted 4 times. Homeowner 1 paints the cabinets. Homeowner 2 sees peeling and paints them again. Homeowner 3 sees peeling and paints them again, etc. No one takes them back to the original finish so the problem continues.

    Going back to the original finish, cleaning, priming and painting properly could prevent you from having to put on the 6th coat of paint in a year or two. A lot of people like CitriStrip for paint stripping, because it has pleasant citrus scent and is biodegradable. It is also safe to use indoors so it does have advantages. Wishing you success with your project!


  • Gk Gk on Aug 10, 2018

    Four coats of paint is a lot and I don't think I would add another. I would do all of the doors so everything looks consistent when you go to repaint. I used CitriStrip on mine. However, this stripper works a bit differently and it takes a while because you need to let it sit for quite a while for it to work. Clean Strip will work faster but it should be an outside project. You could try a heat gun and a metal spatula to get the bulk of the paint off and then use stripper to get off the rest. It will be a big job to get all the paint off. Good Luck with your renovation! Lots of fun but also lots of hard work!

    • James James on Aug 16, 2018

      Thanks i'll have to look for that because the gel stripper is nasty

  • Cyn Cyn on Aug 15, 2018

    Get an Electric Sander.

    • James James on Aug 16, 2018

      I did try that but only sparingly so as not to remove the wood

      it does help on those really thick places though

  • Nancy Turner Nancy Turner on Aug 16, 2018

    I would use citri strip, it is less obnoxious than most of them and not that hard to use. You may be surprised what you find underneath all that paint!

    • James James on Aug 16, 2018

      Yes i'll try that I did strip 1 door with some strong gel type stripper and it was toxic and still didn't get it all off

      But there is some nice wood under there