How to remove old paint from kitchen cabinets?

How to remove old paint from kitchen cabinets?
House built in 1952 I think the paint my still be there
  17 answers
  • Donna Holmes Donna Holmes on Oct 02, 2016
    There is a product out there called Zip-Strip. Follow directions. I have used it on everything I have to remove any paint from.
  • Susan Susan on Oct 02, 2016
    Why are you wanting to remove the paint? from my own experience what you find under the paint probably won't be worth using. If you are going to paint over it and don't want to sand, use the chalk paint. Chalk paint does not need more prepping than washing the surface before painting. Good luck.
  • Cindy Hagemann Cindy Hagemann on Oct 02, 2016
    These cabinets need a good scrubbing with Murphy's oil soap and water. If you are painting them, remove the doors & hardware, wash them, then use a good primer like Kilz, paint over the top.
  • Jackie Jackie on Oct 02, 2016
    Use Mineral Spirits to clean them, then use hot soap and water to remove residual Mineral spirts. If you have loose paint lightly sand but you DO NOT need to strip or sand the entire cabinet or door. Then paint with a product Beyond paint. ( paint, primer, sealer already in the product) for a Small Kitchen of 8-10 cabinets price is 49.99 +tax. (quart) If your cabinet count is higher than that it's more cost effective to buy a gallon at $139.99 + tax . This store itself has endless ideas for painting cabinets, furniture, how-to- videos and more....
  • William William on Oct 02, 2016
    Use Cirtistrip to remove the paint if your looking for the raw wood finish. If you plan to paint the - all of the above. Based on the age, the wood is more likely birch plywood underneath.
  • Jennifer Weber Ferguson Jennifer Weber Ferguson on Oct 02, 2016
    Either sand off the old paint or use a paint striper. Then prime with XIM, paint your new favorite color - glaze, distress - so many possibilities. The hard part is the of luck!
  • Kelley Kelley on Oct 02, 2016
    This is a tough project,I was brought up to sand,tack,sand,tack,prime,tack,sand,paint,tack,sand,tack and paint again
    • Melissa V Melissa V on Oct 02, 2016
      Wow, I think that's what my Pop would do too... Sorry...I did it my way
  • Debi53 Debi53 on Oct 02, 2016
    If you are repainting, there is no need to remove the old paint. Clean thoroughly with TSP or something similar to remove grease. If the paint job is in good condition, just use liquid sandpaper to make the surface tacky and then use Kilz or other high quality primer. Make sure whether or not your paint is oil or latex before you prime and use the proper primer-otherwise, your paint will flake off very quickly. If you do sand your cabinets, be aware that the paint might contain asbestos and take proper precautions.
  • Suellen Hintz Suellen Hintz on Oct 02, 2016
    I'd recommend a gel stripper. Apply it, cover with plastic wrap, and wait. Be prepared for a lot of work.
  • Msc12149616 Msc12149616 on Oct 02, 2016
    I use the environmentally friendly orange stuff, worked really well
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Oct 02, 2016
    Citristrip is the only non-toxic way to go.No harsh fumes. It is available at Home Depot in the paint dept.
  • Nve207704 Nve207704 on Oct 02, 2016
  • TMP TMP on Oct 02, 2016
    Paint stripper and a lot of sanding. People who say you shouldn't remove old paint and sand are both lazy and foolish. You need to prep that surface, and getting all the old finishes off is key if you want a Grade A finished product.
  • Rosemary Kelly Rosemary Kelly on Oct 02, 2016
    I like a heat gun. Take it outside, and it will bubble right off, easily. You scrape with a putty knife.
  • Kelley Kelley on Oct 03, 2016
    My Dad taught me how to refinish and paint too,small world.
  • Siss Siss on Oct 04, 2016
    Rene the doors off and sand the doors
  • Kathy Bitzan Kathy Bitzan on Oct 26, 2016
    That paint looks old , would there be lead in it and would it be hazardous? These things don't bother me but some go crazy just a thought.