How do I paint plastic laminated cabinets?

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  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Jan 16, 2020

    Make sure you get paint that is formulated for plastic and laminate. I scuff with fine steel wool and clean with denatured alcohol for prep. This slightly roughs the current finish so the paint adheres better. Then spray paint, normally Krylon is my plastic surface choice.

    It's a choice on whether to remove hardware or not. If you don't want to change the color, you can tape it off but I usually remove mine.

  • William William on Jan 16, 2020

    How to Paint Cabinets

    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 KILZ. Acrylic or water base paints are low-fume and clean up easily with water. Alkyd or oil-based 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.

  • Beth Beth on Jan 16, 2020

    You've gotten some good responses here. If you're more of a visual learner, here's a good tutorial from Ace Hardware:

  • Nan W. Nan W. on Jan 16, 2020

    Suzanne: I've painted mine a couple of times! It's quite easy. (I recommend taking off hardware -- for a more professional look.). PRIME (with a good primer, like Kils) on clean surfaces. Then two coats of a GOOD latex paint. That's it! I never have added a top sealer coat. ...just treat the cabinets gently for a month or so -- to allow the paint to cure.

    Here's my kitchen:

  • Megan Megan on Jan 16, 2020

    Hi Suzanne! Here is another way of painting laminate countertops with epoxy!

    Here is a post on it!

  • Simple Nature Decor Simple Nature Decor on Jan 16, 2020

    I would use a good primer first and then paint with a good oil base paint.

  • Michelle Leslie Michelle Leslie on Jan 17, 2020

    Hi Suzanne, here's a lovely video tutorial that will show you how to paint your cabinets -

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Jan 17, 2020


    Use ( Easy Surface Preparation) ESP! Apply on first then paint. Enjoy the journey!