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Old 03-07-2014, 08:45 AM   #1
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I'd like to tackle painting my kitchen cabinets soon. I looked at the rustoleum kit but it looks like it's silly. I'm looking for alternative solutions.

Can I clean, fill holes, sand, prime, sand, prime, paint then just put a polyurethane on the cabinets? If so, would you suggest brush/roll, airless or hvlp?
Or, can I use rattle cans of primer, paint and polyurethane?
Is there a particular type of paint to use? Like an enamel paint?

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Lendosky, lots of threads on here about painting cabinets. Here's ONE example:

Painting Kitchen Cabinets

In short, take off all the doors and remove the hardware. Remove any dirt or grease with Krud Kutter or a suitable cleaner. Then sand them with 150 or 220 grit sandpaper. Remove dust with a tack cloth. Prime with a quality bonding primer such as Zinsser's 1-2-3 or if you think there will be some bleed thru from the wood of the doors, use Zinsser's Cover stain. Allow to dry. Sand again and remove dust. Now you can brush, roll, or spray (not with rattle cans!) the doors. Do the same process with the cabinet frames. I like Proclassic Semi-Gloss for cabinets but it can be a bit tricky to use as it sets up really fast. Two or three coats over the primer and you will be good to go!!! Reassemble the hardware onto the doors and you have new cabinets.

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thank you for answering me on the rattle cans. I just want a smooth finish and didn't want to haul the compressor or the airless so roll and brush it is if you say they'll work fine.

It's good to know that the steps I laid out in my first post are what to do.

I'm still curious as to if I should top the paint off with a poly or not. Oh, and can a good semi gloss suffice in lieu or an enamel paint? I don't want to wait for the enamel to cure.
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I just did mine with insl-x cabinet coat and am pretty happy with the results, but the rustoleum results ive seen on the net look very nice! I used a 3/8 nap microfiber roller to apply the paint and immediately went over it with a high density foam roller to level it a little better. I used zinsser 123 primer and my cabinets were the laminate.
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Putting poly over paint isn't necessary.
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Putting poly over paint isn't necessary.
Amen, it just makes any future touch-ups impossible.

If by "enamel" you mean oil-based, no, I would not use oil. Today's latex paints are superior and oil-based paint yellows over time.

The Proclassic will level out to a buttery smooth finish as long as you don't overwork it. Proclassic is a waterborne paint (latex) that cleans up with water. Semi-gloss works well for cabinets.
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thank you for answering me on the rattle cans. I just want a smooth finish and didn't want to haul the compressor or the airless so roll and brush it is if you say they'll work fine.

It's good to know that the steps I laid out in my first post are what to do.

I'm still curious as to if I should top the paint off with a poly or not. Oh, and can a good semi gloss suffice in lieu or an enamel paint? I don't want to wait for the enamel to cure.

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I did mine a few months ago. Bought a small electric airless sprayer, and some high quality paint. The key is lots and lots of prep and fine coats. Don't get greedy. If you try to do it quick, it will look bad. If you do fine coats, the results will be excellent.
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I just did mine with insl-x cabinet coat and am pretty happy with the results, but the rustoleum results ive seen on the net look very nice! I used a 3/8 nap microfiber roller to apply the paint and immediately went over it with a high density foam roller to level it a little better. I used zinsser 123 primer and my cabinets were the laminate.
Would it be possible to post a few pictures of your cabinets ? I also have laminate cabinets and will be painting then in the near future and I'm curious on how it looks. If you don't mind ? Thanks ?
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I just want to follow up with a report. I removed all the hardware from the cabs, washed with tsp, rinsed 5 times or so, found any imperfections and filled the holes/gouges with nail fill, sanded everything lightly, bought a really good primer from Sherwin Williams that is supposed to stick to glossy surfaces (a little overkill) and painted with the proclassic. I added a little bit of floetrol to the proclassic and holy crap is that a good paint. It does smooth out like glass as long as you only brush it 3-4 times. Any more than that and you will get brush marks. I put three coats on everything and the surface is near rock hard and feels smooth as glass. I did sand with 600 grit between coats and cleaned with a tack cloth.

One more thing--there was a stain in one of the cabs that the sherwin williams wouldn't block so I busted out the zinser 123 and blocked it with one pass whereas the SW still wasn't blocking it after a couple of primes.

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