05:56AM | 03/22/02
Member Since: 03/21/02
20 lifetime posts
I painted my kitchen and household cabinets about 5 months ago. They were 10 years old and originally painted white, but showing age. Some of the cabinets seem to be holding up well, but others are not. I am wondering if the paint could be at lest part of the problem.

When starting out, I used a Glidden paint that was said to be appropriate for cabinets, but then switched to Behr (also latex, by the way) because the Glidden was very thick and required what seemed like a lot of thinning.

I did about 5 thin coats in all cases, and before painting I sanded, used deglosser, and wiped down the doors.

The ones that get a lot of use are showing wear, and when wiped down with 409, some of the paint comes off. At this point, I can recoat some of the doors if I have to, as it is not too bad yet.

The doors that got the Glidden are still looking great, although they are in areas that get a lot less wear.

Any hints? Should I have added some kind of hardener to the paint? Should I have done something different on the last coat?


01:10PM | 03/22/02
Member Since: 09/23/01
242 lifetime posts
Well first off don't use behr.
I see that you didn't use a primer?
That you didn't sand but only used a deglosser?
Also you are cleaning with 409? Does it contain any ammonia?
Most new latex paints cannot take household cleaners READ THE CAN! Clean with MILD detergent (liquid dish soap)!

Make sure that you use 100% acrylic latex paint.....better to stick with that from a paint retailer than the big box.

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