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Kitchen Cabinet Refinishing

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!


Peeling Paint and How to prevent it

This poor client had hired a “professional” property management company to maintain this home in a high rent area. To maximize “profit” they hired a low cost/low quality painter. With no preparation, the painter applied his finish directly over unprepared enamel and the result is sheets of peeling paint!

Preparation of enamel surfaces is critical for proper adhesion of topcoats


• This cabinet had a beautiful oil enamel finish that was too dark for the fashion of today.
• The low cost painter applied his paint directly over the unprepared surfaces with the results looking very nice!
• It was not long before the truth came out and the paint with the slightest bump or scratch, would come off in sheets…so much for the low cost paint job!
Proper steps for a good paint job

Proper steps for a good enamel paint job

  1. Clean the surface very well. This is important, otherwise, if you sand first, you will force the surface contaminants into the small scratches caused by sanding and the trapped contaminants which are usually hand oils, will not allow for proper adhesion.
  2. Sand well using a fine sanding block. A good trick is to use a spray bottle full of warm water and a little dish soap to lubricate the cutting action of your sanding block….this is really very efficient and keeps dust down.
  3. Wipe down the surface by spraying with your spray bottle (see above) and wipe dry
  4. If you need two coats to cover then make your first coat a bonding primer; it can be tinted to your finish color.
  5. Sand again if necessary to get the smoothness you desire
  6. Apply the finish coats….this will stick because you prepped properly!

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