Can you paint cabinets if they have already been gel stained?

by Sandy

  5 answers
  • Rose Broadway Rose Broadway on Dec 07, 2018

    Sandy, I can't find an answer to your question. This video is the closest I could come. I would say you need to at least do some sanding on them before you paint. I think the gel stain would react to paint just like any paint would.

    • Sandy Sandy on Dec 07, 2018

      Thanks Rose. I did watch the video, very interesting!

  • Kelli L. Milligan Kelli L. Milligan on Dec 07, 2018

    Yes, but must do the prep. Wash down with TSP, sand off sheen. Prime with a stain blocker like Kilz, sand lightly, apply 2 coats of oil based paint. Enjoy your new cabinets. Of course you should remove hardware and doors & drawers, mark on back were they go.

    • Sandy Sandy on Dec 07, 2018

      Thank you Kelli, I can tell you’ve done this before!

  • William William on Dec 07, 2018

    Kelli's got it.

    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 100 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-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.

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    • Kelli L. Milligan Kelli L. Milligan on Dec 07, 2018

      No oil based paints. That would make me so sad. I love oil based paint.

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Dec 07, 2018

    There is a lot of good advice here. I have a few pointers to add.

    You may want to use a deglosser. Remember to clean after sanding, just before priming. As for marking the doors & cabinets, I would suggest painter's tape with a numbering system. Do this for drawers as well. Put all hardware in a sealed container so nothing is lost.

  • Hi Sandy! I can tell you how to paint your kitchen cabinets with Dixie Belle Chalk Mineral Paint! :) You can paint over the gel stain!

    It is super easy to paint with Dixie Belle:

    Step one: Clean with White Lightning

    Step two: Paint one to two coats of Dixie Belle Chalk Mineral Paint

    Step four: Use Gator Hide for a water-repellent finish

    I am attaching some kitchens that have been painted with Dixie Belle Paint so you can see the outcome.

    Also, we did have a series of LIVE videos on a step by step tutorial of how to paint your kitchen cabinets. If you would like to watch them....

    Day one:

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