How to refinish vinyl kitchen cabinets ?

Refinish or otherwise make my vinyl covered cheap kitchen cabinets look better? They use to look like oak but after 2 years in heavy use areas, that covering is wearing off!

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  • Mogie Mogie on Jul 28, 2018

  • Sharon Sharon on Jul 28, 2018

    You can remove the thermafoil covering, and then paint the MDF beneath which seems to be the way most go with refinishing...

    priming... be sure to sand edges and give them a good coat.

    I use a Kitchen and Bath semi-gloss applied with a 6" solid foam roller and a badger brush to do edges, routed designs and drag off any texture left by the roller. I do 2 coats of paint and lightly sand to knock off and raised texture, tack off, and repaint.

  • William William on Jul 29, 2018

    You do not have Thermofoil cabinets. You fake woodgrain paper over particle board. Thermofoile only came in white.

    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 220 grit sandpaper or a green Scotch Brite pad.. 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.