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Old 07-27-2007, 06:31 PM   #1
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We are trying to update the kitchen of our new house. The cabinets are original (1956). We are planning to keep most (if not all of them), and have seen enough HGTV/Bob Villa/etc. that we'd like to try to simply paint them white.

But here's where the questions begin...
- Overacrhing Question: How do we paint them so they will have a hard, high-gloss finish (a contemporary-urban look and feel)?

We've been to enough open houses in the neighborhood to see many people that have done a bad job, and they may not have been trying to go for a polished / slick look.

So trying to get that look and feel...
- - paints:
* Do we use a waterborne enamel or a latex enamel? If so, which one works best with a 4-6 inch foam roller? I've seen SW Pro-Classic, BM AquaVelet and Impervo, and Zinsser Perma-White all recommended, as well as "any “enamels” or “epoxies” in gloss, semi-gloss or satin finish especially those that are recommended for use on furniture."
* What does "kitchen and bath" latex enamel mean? Should we even consider it for the cabinets?
* Is B.I.N any better than 1-2-3? and are they that much better than other waterborne/latex primers?

- - technique:
* Do we use a poly acrylic topcoat over the enamel? If so, do we use a flat waterborne enamel or a satin finish one or or an eggshell or???
* How do we best ensure we smooth out/masque wood grains?
* How do we best ensure a glossy and smooth finish overall?

And finally: What's the number 1 mistake made by people painting their kitchen cabinets?

Thanks!
--Tom

PS: please forgive, I'm posting this her and in the painting forum.

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Old 07-28-2007, 01:37 PM   #2
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This the wrong secion m8.oh nvm

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Old 08-04-2007, 11:14 PM   #3
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We are trying to update the kitchen of our new house. The cabinets are original (1956). We are planning to keep most (if not all of them), and have seen enough HGTV/Bob Villa/etc. that we'd like to try to simply paint them white.

But here's where the questions begin...
- Overacrhing Question: How do we paint them so they will have a hard, high-gloss finish (a contemporary-urban look and feel)?

We've been to enough open houses in the neighborhood to see many people that have done a bad job, and they may not have been trying to go for a polished / slick look.

So trying to get that look and feel...
- - paints:
* Do we use a waterborne enamel or a latex enamel? If so, which one works best with a 4-6 inch foam roller? I've seen SW Pro-Classic, BM AquaVelet and Impervo, and Zinsser Perma-White all recommended, as well as "any “enamels” or “epoxies” in gloss, semi-gloss or satin finish especially those that are recommended for use on furniture."
* What does "kitchen and bath" latex enamel mean? Should we even consider it for the cabinets?
* Is B.I.N any better than 1-2-3? and are they that much better than other waterborne/latex primers?

- - technique:
* Do we use a poly acrylic topcoat over the enamel? If so, do we use a flat waterborne enamel or a satin finish one or or an eggshell or???
* How do we best ensure we smooth out/masque wood grains?
* How do we best ensure a glossy and smooth finish overall?

And finally: What's the number 1 mistake made by people painting their kitchen cabinets?

Thanks!
--Tom

PS: please forgive, I'm posting this her and in the painting forum.

Do not use latex anything. What you want to use is either an industrial enamel or automotive paint; and either way the process is the same. I sand down the wood and then apply a polyester resin based primer. This primer expands and fills imperfections. You can sand it and re-apply until you have a glass smooth surface. One the primed door is final sanded, tack it down and then paint it with the chosen paint using an HVLP spray gun.
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Old 09-26-2007, 12:24 PM   #4
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I had mine painted. The guy used the same paint he uses to refinish bath tubs. It was a mix of laquer and a hardner I think. The cabinets look great. It took him about 3 days and I don't think this is a DIY project.
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I painted my kitchen cabs with BM Impervo. Sanded, primed then two coats for the white and one for the black. So far I'm very happy with the finish but don't know if this is the look you are going for. Disregard the countertops, that's a whole other project!
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