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Old 11-23-2013, 04:55 AM   #1
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Oil over oil on cabinets

Good morning, all. Newbie here. I'm going to be repainting cabinets that were painted 10 or more years ago with white-now-nicely-yellowed oil paint. I'm going to be using oil based again, and I know about the typical sanding/tack cloth prep and all that, but my issue is this: I am at a multi-family rental property, and time is everything. Yes, I want to do the work right, but at the same time it just needs to get done in as short a time as possible. The current surface, though yellowed, is pretty glossy and smooth. I will appreciate all pointers anyone can offer. I look forward to being a member of this site!


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Old 11-23-2013, 08:25 AM   #2
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First, don't go with oil. Choose an acrylic enamel after priming with a oil based bonding primer. It won't yellow next time. Second, if the current paint is truly adhered well, then a liquid deglosser could possibly be your first step rather than sanding. If there is any loose paint though, sanding is the only way to go.


Do it right from the beginning if you only want to do the job once. It'll be cheaper in the long term.
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Your skipping an important step. They need to be degreased before doing anything.
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He likes the yellowed look. A lot of people do. I would stick with the oil. Make sure there is no grease like joe said, scuff sand and then paint away.
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Thanks, all. I don't really "like" the yellowed look. I was being cynical. I'm just looking for pointers on the best way to do it quickly, considering the type of property. I'm thinking my best bet is the liquid deglosser. The place is occupied, and I want as little mess and interruption as possible.
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I would not rely on the liquid deglosser alone. It works good for acrylic paints, but will not adequately etch the oil based surface. The consequences of not sanding first will be irreparable later.


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