How do I paint a melamine cabinet door? It is peeling.

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  • Kelli L. Milligan Kelli L. Milligan on Sep 08, 2018

    Is it the paint or the surface that is peeling?

  • Frances Arlene Frances Arlene on Sep 08, 2018

    Prime with a good primer then paint.

    • Kim Kim on Sep 08, 2018

      any suggestions as to the paint and the primer?

      I am going to try a few different ways of prepping but I don't know what is a good primer or paint. Thanks for your input

    • Kim Kim on Sep 08, 2018

      Thanks so much for the videos. I was looking at the one where she was using a hair dryer - that looked pretty cool. I might just give that a try.

  • Deb K Deb K on Sep 08, 2018

    Sand the peeling part off, then prime it and paint it

  • Stevie Johnson Stevie Johnson on Sep 08, 2018

    Be best to peel it all off & glue on new. It really isn't difficult. If you can save the edges, do that. Cut a piece for the face a little bigger than it is. Or have it cut where you buy the material. Take that door w/ you. Measure the door at top & bottom & twice at each side, too. You want to cut it close so there is little finish work so must know if there is any difference in width & length from one end to the other. Glue & clamp in place at least 24 hrs. Lay scrap wood between clamps & your new piece & inside of door or a pad of a folded rag to prevent any damage from the clamp. Longer doesn't hurt anything if you can't get to it. Then, using a flat file like carpenter's use, file the extra off. Rub file at a diagonal. Go slow, checking often so you don't go too far. Look at your other cabinets to see how they are finished. The filing is fun, I think. Don't worry. You can do it:)

    If you still decide to paint, remove the melamine from the entire door. Sand off any glue & smooth the wood. Prime & paint using oil based products in a sheen to match existing-if you live where available. f not, buy paint that is made for furniture, cabinetry or at least for kitchen & bath. Oil is still the best, though. If paint is shinier at first, it will dull down in 30 to 90 days anyway, so just leave it alone. Take a sample of melamine along & use a store that computer matches in case you can't get the color ready mix. If you are as picky as I am, you may want to get samples to take home & check both in natural & artificial light. With the very smooth surface, no trim, color differences can really show. Esp in a bank of cabinets.

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