Dinged, water damaged kitchen cabinets can be made new again
Time and use can make your kitchen cabinets look awful….but proper refinishing makes them like new!
- Refinishing cabinets is a step by step process….do not skip any if you want nice results
- First you must clean all cabinet surfaces free of contaminants such as oil and grease BEFORE sanding!
- Remove cabinet doors and drawers and mark so that you are sure to put them back in the same opening
- If you remove hinges, be sure to number them and mark cabinet body where removed so that you do not have to readjust fit upon reinstallation
- Protect cabinet body interiors and drawer interiors, if necessary, from overspray….often interiors do not need finishing as they are veneered with melamine plastic
- Next step is for you to sand all surfaces to de-gloss and remove all failed coatings….this is a critical step to insure proper adhesion
- If you want a solid color finish then apply a bonding primer or lacquer primer surfacer followed by sanding when dry
- If you are replacing old hardware, now is the time to fill and old holes, damage and sand/spot prime these repairs
- Caulk any open seams
- Apply two coats of lacquer or paint by spray, brush or roller
If you want a stained finish…
- then after cleaning/deglossing, apply your preferred stain followed by two coats of clear acrylic or lacquer
- Most folks choose to have a professional do it….but with patience and time…you can do it!