Asked on Apr 03, 2016

Painter says don't paint sample color on outside of kitchen cabinet...

by Rjack
I've never had a painter say ..don't paint your sample color on your kitchen cabinet because it will bleed through. Maybe if you're using a dark enamel then painting with a light latex. But when the cabinet is rough sanded & the sample color was painted just 4-5 days before the prepping - makes no sense. I've been painting a long time & have several professional painters. None have said this until a friend's painter told her not to. Any comments from the professionals?
  8 answers
  • Phil a Phil a on Apr 03, 2016
    I suppose it's possible for paint to bleed through the top coat if the sample paint hasn't had sufficient time to dry and cure completely. When in doubt, use the paint color sample cards, the full size cards, and tape in place. Home Depot (Paint Your Place), Benjamin Moore (Personal color Viewer) and other suppliers have online sites that let you take a photo of the surface or room to be painted and virtually place different colors on them. Don't know how well they work, but might be worth a try to narrow down the selection of colors that will most likely work for the job.

  • KimberlyHall KimberlyHall on Apr 03, 2016
    if it is a sample paint color and your not painting the entire area... it maybe because your sample color won’t be a true representation of the new finish. This is due to the previous color surrounding it. The old color will influence the true finished color of the new choice. That is why when you choose new paint you should paint a sample board instead of painting the a small place on your wall.

  • Branka Clemens Branka Clemens on Apr 03, 2016
    As long as you sand it down it's fine then prime before applying your paint.

  • Cindy Cindy on Apr 04, 2016
    only certain paint colors bleed which is ussually black red and if lightly sanded or primed it won.t bleed through how long has that person been painting

  • Rjack Rjack on Apr 04, 2016
    I don't know Cindy. I have seen his work & he is good.

    • Cindy Cindy on Apr 05, 2016
      @Rjack i just don.t understand why u shouldn.t as it will also give u an idea if the color is accually gonna work in your favore

  • Marvina Liechty Marvina Liechty on Apr 04, 2016
    I was told the samples are not quite the same quality as the larger sizes.....

    • Rjack Rjack on Apr 05, 2016
      @Marvina Liechty No they are not the same quality but your only looking for color not to paint the entire wall. hope that helps.

  • Marvina Liechty Marvina Liechty on Apr 05, 2016
    We have done areas which get little to no wear,and they've been fine. Thanks. I hate to buy a whole quart for a small area too.

  • B. Enne B. Enne on Apr 06, 2016
    You could always just paint the inside of a door, and leave it open for a couple of days to view it in different light...It wouldn't be the end of the world if it bled through a bit then...If you paint the whole door, you won't have a patch.