Repainting high gloss?


I appreciated all the suggestions, but I don't think I made myself clear. My cupboards are already bought as high gloss white . I was wanting help because the previous owners of my condo scratched them with an abrasive pad. Now I need to make them all uniformal. Do I need to sand them all and then use a special paint ? I'm not apposed to changing the colour either.

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  • Yes, you will need to sand the shiney surface off first. If it is a laminate you will need to add a primer first then you can paint.

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Jun 23, 2020

    Hello Tina,

    You will need to fill the scratches, then use ESP which is a surface preparation used for laminates etc. to be able to then take paint. hope that helps.

  • K. Rupp K. Rupp on Jun 23, 2020

    Yes, I would sand everything down, primer with Benjamin Moore primer and use a good cabinet paint like Benjamin Moore advance. You can pick any BM color with that cabinet paint.

  • I would sand them to take the gloss off and give the new paint some 'tooth' to stick. First use a good primer and then the color of your choice. Check in your local hoe improvement store for cabinet paint.

  • Yes, it all comes down to the primer when painting over shiny surfaces so the new paint adheres properly. I would consult your local paint store to see what they recommend. Also, some paints, like chalk paint, don't require any sanding, but if the wood is really scratched so it would show though, you'll want to sand.

  • Nan W. Nan W. on Jun 23, 2020

    Tina: if the scratches are deep, you will have to sand. If they are not... put a coat of primer on and then repaint.

  • Annie Annie on Jun 23, 2020

    As long as they are washed well you shouldnt need to sand. If you like you can sand over the scrapped areas. I would use a good Primer/sealer as a base coat, then a Gloss enamel for finish coat.

  • William William on Jun 23, 2020

    You just need to scuff up the surface for paint. You can use 220 grit sandpaper or a green kitchen scrubby. Prime with Kilz primer then paint. Seal with three coats of a water based polyurethane

  • Janice Janice on Jun 23, 2020

    Tina, it sounds as though you are renting the condo. Hopefully your landlord is aware of the scratching on the cabinetry. You definitely should discuss anything you plan to do with the landlord to ensure they approve. They might be very supportive of paying for products to make the propety better.

  • Dee Dee on Jun 24, 2020

    Tina I would lightly sand with a 300 grit sandpaper. Use a good high gloss acrylic paint. Benjamin Moore Advance or Sherwin Williams Pro Classic. Bring a door into the store for a color match. You may be able to just touch up. If not paint the entire door. If you have to paint the entire door, ask the salesperson which primer is best for high gloss

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Jun 25, 2020

    If you want them uniform and you don't have an exact paint match, you will most likely have to do a complete refinish. When you say high gloss, you didn't say if it is enamel or other oil based. That will factor into the process you use to paint. You can't go straight over oil based with latex paint. It sounds to me like, without more information, your best bet is to sand down and paint, choosing whatever you want for your style. I've had white kitchen cabinets and we are too messy for them. Maintenance was a pain. If I painted, I would choose a cream with brown glaze or gray paint for upkeep. But that's me.

  • If you’re renting, absolutely discuss this with your landlord first. They may do the repairs for you or allow you to do it. You’d need to do some sanding, prime, then repaint.

  • Libbie B Libbie B on Jun 30, 2021

    Sand it first and you will be fine! Good luck!