How can I fix my cabinets.?

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how can I paint my cabinets w/o removing paint that is already there. It peals on doors that are used more often. It is hard to sand cause it peals. they were dark brown before. no primer put on before it was painted the first time. can u make this simple for an old lady with limited finances.


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  • William William on Nov 23, 2021

    You will need to clean them. Scrap off any loose paint. You will need to sand and feather the edges where the paint peeled for a smooth surface. Use 200 grit sandpaper. Feel with your hand over the surface for smoothness. Prime with Kilz primer then paint. Use a foam roller for a smooth finish.

  • Mogie Mogie on Nov 23, 2021

    Use 100-grit sandpaper for all-purpose sanding. It's aggressive enough to get the job done but not so aggressive that it leaves scratches that can't be removed. Fold it four ways, bend it around your fingers and sand with short, back-and-forth motions. Cabinet shops rarely use anything but 100-grit sandpaper.

    Orbital sanders are best for bulk sanding.

    After sanding everything with an orbital, resand everything by hand with a hand block and 100-grit sandpaper, always sanding parallel to the grain. This final pass removes sanding marks that may have wandered across the grain, or swirls created by the orbital sander. The finish will be even, consistent and without the blotching associated with finer-grit papers that tend to close pores and polish wood.

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Nov 23, 2021

    Scrape as much as possible. Once you get all the peeling paint off, you should be able to sand it. Then clean with TSP and proceed with prep and paint.

  • Scrape off any loose finish, then sand. Working from a coarse grit to fine. Paint with a quality primer first, and when it's dry, use a quality latex paint.

  • Cheryl A Cheryl A on Nov 23, 2021

    you should clean then sand them and you do need a primer some paints now have a primer in them but make sure it is safe for wood or laminate or whatever your cabinets are made of- maybe fix a meal and invite some family over to help you out to do the work

  • Tuula - Color Me Thrifty Tuula - Color Me Thrifty on Nov 23, 2021

    To get a good finish there's no getting around having to clean up the loose paint by scraping first, and then sanding as best you can so you have a smooth finish to start with. Preparation for your new paint is key. Use a good quality primer and paint.

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Nov 23, 2021

    The flakes and loose paint have to go because nothing will stick where you want it to. 100 grit sand paper on a sander will be your best friend, blend to make it smooth. Always sand with the grain. Next is a good primer-Kilz- and then paint with light coats to avoid drips and runs. Let dry between layers.

  • Flipturn Flipturn on Nov 23, 2021

    Although it may be tempting to take the fast route by painting over what is on the cabinets now, you will only be inviting more problems in the near future, and you will just be wasting your money. Painting kitchen cabinets is a job that requires correct preparation, patience, time, and good quality materials, which unfortunately are not inexpensive.

  • Betsy Betsy on Nov 23, 2021

    HI Judy: You can use a product called Liquid Sandpaper. I'd still clean the area really well before applying it. Here's how to do that:


    https://everydayoldhouse.com/5-ways-to-clean-wooden-kitchen-cabinets-from-the-experts/


    Then, put on the Liquid Sandpaper:


    Here's a site for it https://www.homedepot.com/p/Klean-Strip-1-qt-Liquid-Sandpaper-QKLS285/315858609#overlay. This way the paint will have something to stick to. Easy to use and usually under $10.


    Good luck

  • Vimarhonor Vimarhonor on Nov 24, 2021

    Hello. Agree with Williams suggestions. Proper pre-painting preparation is key— if you don’t take the proper steps you’re going to still have cascading problems.

  • Annie Annie on Nov 25, 2021

    You need to prep them really well, otherwise they will peel over time. There is no getting away from that. Maybe yours were not prepped properly?

  • Maura White Maura White on Nov 28, 2021

    If you want the peeling to stop - you will unfortunately need to try and scrap off all of the paint you can. Then I'd use a primer. Then I'd also use a product like oil bond - check out how I painted my cupboards here: https://happydealhappyday.com/how-to-paint-kitchen-cabinets-without-sanding/

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Nov 29, 2021

    If you don't remove all the old peeling paint, you will just have a bigger mess on your hands in the long run. Perhaps you can scrape and sand one door at a time. If you can stand to live with a kitchen in the middle of a re-do, I think that would be your best option.

  • If you've got peeling paint, you are going to have to do some removal such as sanding. Painting over peeling paint is a recipe for disaster as the new will peel right off too. Grab a sanding block, lightly sand the peeling stuff until it you've reached a spot where it's not peeling, then prime and paint.

  • What's best to be done with this is to clean up the loose paints, having to scrape and sand it for you to achieve a smooth finish. After so, you now need to consider the preparation of your paint.

  • It sounds as if they weren’t deglossed prior to painting… They should be stripped, deglossed with TSP, primed and repainted. If that isn’t an option, degloss them as is and use a binding primer like Zinsser BIN, then repaint. Hope this helps!