05:54AM | 03/11/07
Member Since: 03/10/07
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The cabinets are not the best grade and have a dark brown wood stain. I want them a crisp clean vanilla white. What is the best and fastest way to do a professional looking paint job? I cannot afford to have them refaced. -- Thanks


04:20PM | 03/11/07
Member Since: 07/28/02
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The best way to a sucessful paint job on cabinets is surface preperation. You will need to sand them with a fine sandpaper or sanding sponge, followed by a wipe down with paint thinner and then wash them with an ammonia and water solution. These steps will dull the surface and get off the dirt and grime that tends to build up in kitchens. After tis you will need to prime the cabinets with a pigmented shellac primer such as Zinsser BIN, which will adhear great and hold back any knots that you may have in the wood and be sure to apply this with a natural chinese bristle brush and get a good one such as a Wooster Yachtsman. The finish paint should be an acrylic enamel that is made for cabinets such as Sherwin Williams ProClassic Acrylic Semi-Gloss or Gloss or Duron Signature Select Semi-Gloss or Gloss. You will want to apply two coats of finish to get the most even job and the longest durability.

Hope this helps out and enjoy you new look.


07:31PM | 03/11/07
Member Since: 08/20/04
32 lifetime posts
Hey CJB,

Yes, you'll need to do the prep! Otherwise don't even start!

Primer-wise...If you're near a C2 dealer, they have a great sandable primer called SAP (sandable acrylic primer). If not, check your chosen primer for sandability. It usually has to sit a day.

* Use a 220-grit sponge for sanding and remove ALL dust.

* When they're smooth as a baby's bottom, apply the paint.

* A GREAT choice for this is Cabinet-Coat by Insl-x. Comes in White, Almond, & a light-tint base.

* This is water-base with urethane resin. Levels out beautifully with a TOP-quality Purdy, Wooster, or Corona brush for latex paints.

* Don't overbrush. Apply evenly & get out of it. Next day, just lightly sand again, and do final coat.

* I've done sample-boards at our store, & people are sold immediately!

* Call ACE or other paint stores near you for availability.

This'll help!

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