How do you prep paper veneered cabinets for painting?

We have a manufactured home that is 23 years old and we would like to update our kitchen cabinets by painting them. Although the doors are solid wood and finished, the face of the cabinets is MDF (?) with a paper veneer. Can we just lightly sand that part or do we need to do something else in order to properly prep them for painting?
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  • Faye Faye on Jun 13, 2017
    Use a latex primer and then the latex paint/enamel of your choice. Oil base may lift the veneer.

  • William William on Jun 13, 2017
    Make sure they are clean and dry. Use acrylic latex paint. 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. Prime with a stain blocking primer like Zinsser 123. Then paint with your color. Seal with at least three coats with a water based polyurethane. Use a small foam roller and foam brush for a smooth finish.

  • Elizabeth Dion Elizabeth Dion on Jun 13, 2017
    Give them a basecoat of Kilz Adhesion Primer and then paint

  • Linda Daugs Butler Linda Daugs Butler on Jun 14, 2017
    Zinzzer Bin is a little runny but way better than any water based primer out there