Asked on Mar 01, 2016

Refinishing kitchen cabinets question

by Katie
I understand the basics of refinishing the cabinets but I've never seen how to deal with the veneered with vinyl paper sides. Since you can't sand could you use liquid sand to give the paint something to hold to? Primer?
  10 answers
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Mar 01, 2016
    You have to use a bonding primer.

  • Shari Shari on Mar 01, 2016
    I would do both--a very light wiping with liquid sandpaper/deglosser and one or two light coats of a good quality bonding primer but since it's a kitchen, I would first wipe the sides with a good degreasing product to make sure all airborne grease particles, oil from fingerprints etc., have been cleaned off. Liquid sandpaper and bonding primer is the way I've prepped all my furniture and two basic builder-grade bathroom vanities. I never sand just for adhesion--only if there are bubbles, gouges, rough spots etc. in the old finish that I want to smooth out.

  • Stephanie Fudge Stephanie Fudge on Mar 01, 2016
    I used "Awesome Cleaner" from dollar Tree, then I am using 2 coats chalk paint with a foam roller and a brush for small corners and groves. I'll finish off with 2 costs of a matte water based poly. And my cupboards are the honey colored faux oak. It's working great do so far.

  • Moxie Moxie on Mar 01, 2016
    O just lightly sand veneer (or laminate) and the paint and it worked for me

  • Kim C Kim C on Mar 02, 2016
    I bought a French chair at a second hand store that was painted. The paint is rubbing off to reveal veneer beneath. I would be careful and do a test first in an hidden inside corner. I'm going to have to strip this chair and if I do repaint it I will try chalk paint

  • Sherrie Sherrie on Mar 02, 2016
    They have a spray bonding primer you can try.

  • Krista Beck Krista Beck on Mar 02, 2016
    My cabinets are the same way. When I painted them, I gave them a light sanding and then sprayed on a bonding primer to give the paint something extra to stick too. Worked great! I do have some spots to touch up two years later, but that is only because I did not put handles on the my drawers and the kids are in the silverware drawer all the time. There are some scratches, but since a lot of my furniture is distressed its no biggie right now.

  • Katie Katie on Mar 02, 2016
    Thanks to everyone for their ideas! I building up the courage to conquer he cabinets!

  • Patty Patty on Mar 02, 2016
    Katie, I have a double wide manufactured home and of course the cabinets have the paper laminate on the,,I used a primer + bonding agent made by Zinsser and it works like a charm. 1coat of primer and 2coTs of paint made them look like new and the best part is they have a harder surface which cleans up beautifully,, my biggest advice is let the primer dry 24 hours and the paint 2 days. Good luck!

  • Rick Leland Rick Leland on Mar 02, 2016
    I also have a mobile home with the vinyl - I lightly sanded, applied a bonding primer and two coats of paint. To finish the job, I put on new updated hardware. They look great !!