How do I paint over oil based paint and keep it from peeling?


My "professional" painter painted my kitchen cabinets (that were painted with oil based paint) with acrylic paint. It is chipping off quite a bit. What can I do to keep them from chipping after I retouch them? Or do I have to sand and start over? Thanks!

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  • Dwp7470b Dwp7470b on Dec 08, 2018

    The acrylic is the problem not the oil based paint. The problem is that he could have used an oil based primer before applying the acrylic but few recommend using Oil based Paint as a Substitute for Oil based primer. I know it sounds wacky but: Your best bet is to do away with the acrylic with a power sander and eyewear to apply something like

    Kilz Original Oil Base Interior Primer


    Kilz Premium Interior/exterior

    For more information on your options go here:

    With keywords of:


    And if you scroll down some you get to the question: Can I use acrylic paint over oil based Primer.

    You will note even there it says:

    Some manufacturers of latex products will

    recommend an oil base primer when going over

    oil-based paint.

    This is so 90% of the time and Especially when: you do not know the brand name of the paint that was used prior.

  • Mona Blake Mona Blake on Dec 08, 2018

    He should have used Kills in between. I would sand, use kills and then paint them.

  • Nancy Turner Nancy Turner on Dec 08, 2018

    If it was done not that long ago, I would contact the person who painted your cupboards and let him know what is happening with the paint chipping. If he is a pro he should have used the right material to use to make a long lasting paint job. If he did it wrong, he should fix it. The pros get clients from happy customers and reviews, not from boo-boos he does on jobs. This is his bread and butter, he may want to fix it so that it is right and you are happy.

  • William William on Dec 08, 2018

    Definitely he should have primed with Kilz primer first. Scrape off any paint that will come off. Lightly sand to smooth out then paint.

  • Hi Mary! I can tell you how to repaint your kitchen cabinets with Dixie Belle Chalk Mineral Paint! :)

    It is super easy to paint with Dixie Belle:

    Step one: Clean with White Lightning

    Step two: Sand off the peeling areas of the paint, then wipe clean

    Step three: If the surface is slick apply two coats of Slick Stick

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

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

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