Asked on Jan 30, 2020

Does a 50/50 mixture of vinegar & water work as a deglosser?

by Mike

I want to paint my bathroom cherry laminate cabinets but don't want to use a chemical deglosser. I can sand, if necessary, but read that you can degloss paint with vinegar. Has anybody tried the homemade paint deglosser with vinegar and water & how were the results?

  8 answers
  • Megan Megan on Jan 30, 2020

    I have used vinegar and water often to clean wood cabinets before painting! It works great! I think it would work well over your cherry laminate cabinets too. I'd try a small test spot first just to make sure. :)

  • Laura Cooper Laura Cooper on Jan 30, 2020

    Be sure to use a separate primer. As long as the surface is really clean, primer such as Kilz should adhere well and keep your paint from scratching off.

  • William William on Jan 31, 2020

    Vinegar and water works as a cleaner not a deglosser. You can use 220 grit sandpaper to remove the gloss or a green kitchen scubby which is what I use. Wipe off with a damp cloth. Prime with Kilz primer then paint.

  • no, just use cabinet enamel paint. here are some instructions for painting cabinets

  • No, it's a cleaner, not a deglosser. You can sand lightly then use a primer or adhesive primer.

  • Megan Megan on Apr 01, 2022

    VINEGAR IS ALSO USED AS A DEGLOSSER---clean surface with TSP, then wipe same surface with a different, clean, lint-free cloth (microfiber works wonderfully) or a white cloth damp with just water, and if you don't want to purchase LIquid Sandpaper (amazon), you can use distilled vinegar as a deglosser. Then, you want to use Kilz to be sure whatever you are painting definitely has something to adhere to and this also ensures the longevity of your refurbished wood piece.

  • Megan Megan on Apr 01, 2022

    the chemical compound/natural acidic nature of vinegar cuts through the varnish...the "glossiness" if you will.....

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Apr 01, 2022

    Vinegar can be used as a deglosser as well as a cleaner. If you use it as a deglosser, be sure it is completely dry before painting.