07:06AM | 05/04/04
Member Since: 05/03/04
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Three years ago, after a fire, the contracter hired to do the fire repair work hired a professional subcontractor to paint all of the oak cabinets, doors, and woodwork in the entire house with a latex paint. This decision was made because all of the wood was stained very, very dark (1970's) and with all of the smoke from the fire they were almost black. Unfortunately, these professionals didn't prepare the wood surface in any way and the paint began peeling and flaking immediately. I've begun scraping the paint off of the cabinets and it is going very well, just comes off in sheets for the most part. My question is, once they are scraped, should they be stripped and/or sanded? Is there a way to lighten them to maintain a more natural wood look or a way to paint them so that the paint doesn't peel or flake?

Thank you for your help!


02:28AM | 05/07/04
Member Since: 07/28/02
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I would say that all the paint needs to be removed and then wipe the surface with paint thinner followed by a amonia and water wash. Then prime the cabinets with Zinsser BIN and follow with an acrylic semi-gloss or gloss paint.

It is near to impossible to lighten stain wood any noticable amount.


04:46AM | 05/07/04
Member Since: 05/03/04
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Thank you for the quick reply! I appreciate you taking the time to respond to my message.


09:14AM | 05/20/04
Member Since: 05/19/04
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I have dark stained cabinets with semi-shiny finish. I just expiremented on the side of my pantry withsome Kilz2. It came out awesome!!! If you can feel the grain of your cabinets you can try this. I used a damp, rough rag, dipped it in Kilz2 and "scrubbed" it into the wood until the Kilz was into the grain. Let it dry for 2-3 minutes then wipe off excess, which left Kilz2 in the grain, giving it a white washed look. So simple...and inexpensive too!!! I wouldn't recommend this unless you can FEEL the grain of your wood...otherwise it will have a flat application.

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