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Old 02-27-2012, 02:28 PM   #1
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kitchen cabinet re-do

I had painted my kitchen cabinets several years ago and am ready to re-do them. I had used Valspar latex and several coats of minwax oil based poly. They still look good, just a few areas where the paint sort of wore off. Also fail on my part in using the oil poly- they yellowed almost immediately. If it weren't for that I would probably leave them alone but they seem to be getting yellower as times rolls on, and they are supposed to be off-white. Anyway- So here I am ready to tackle the project again. I was hoping to not have to use any clear coat over the paint but don't know what paint can handle the abuse without chipping or peeling. I have had good results using water based poly on other projects, would this work as well on the cabinets and not go yellow on me? Thanks for any advice. I have 2 boys who play in the kitchen ALOT so these cabinets take some major abuse


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If you had used a better enamel to begin with- the top coat wouldn't be needed.
Now because it is an oil- you need to clean it really well, sand lightly but thoroughly to breack the gloss- wipe dust off, prime with a bonding acrylic primer ( Zinsser 123 is a good one for this- there are others) , and 2 top coats.
I would recommend Ben Moore Advance , Muralo Ultra semi, Sher Wills ProClassic waterborne semi over anything found at the box store.
Ace hrdwr also carries one called Cabinet Coat that I have heard is very good.


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Good advice BJ. I have used Cabinet Coat a couple of times, nice user friendly product, bonds like crazy.
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Thanks for the advice, I appreciate it! Zinsser 123 or BIN have been my general go-tos for primer, we do have an Ace locally so I may go ahead and try their cabinet coat. I don't mind at all having to do a clear coat, I do it on almost every other paint project but it would be nice to have something that doesn't trully need it. The clear coat seems to never go on as smooth as you'd like.

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A clear coat is never needed over any paint. Use the right paint and it is the sealer.
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Old 02-27-2012, 06:07 PM   #6
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A subsidiary of Rust-Oleum, Sierra Performance, makes a WB Polyurethane called "Beyond" and a primer called "Grip-Tek." Both are fantastic. They are Zero-VOC and no HAPs. With proper sanding, cleaning, etc., this is an excellent system.
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Brushjockey: Cabinet Paint is made by Insl-X (A B-M owned company). We looked at it; it's excellent.


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