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Old 01-30-2008, 11:31 PM   #1
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i have a 1999 manufactured home and want to paint the cabinets in bathroom.im not sure what you call it but they have a covering on them that looks like oak wood.can i do something to paint over it?

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You will need to thoroughly clean them with a strong detergent, like TSP, coat them with at least an oil-base, and preferably a shellac-based primer, and then you are ready to go to topcoat with the quality enamel of your choice.

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Hello, Would it be necessary to lightly sand them first. I have to same cheap particle board cabinets. It would almost be better to not have any at all.
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If that is the "wood laminate" that is more like wood-look paper over particle board, then I do have a specific suggestion

If the quality is questionable, like that the scuff sanding makes a mess of the "laminate" and starts pulling the paper up, I'd skip the scuff sanding step

If you can get away with a very light sanding, just a little scuffing, then do it

It's a judgment call though, try a test area first

Clean with an ammonia based product-do not use TSP
Ammonia/water or ammonia based window cleaner....either/or

After they dry fully, then use a light coat of pigmented shellac primer/sealer
I can recommend Zinsser's BIN
Keep it light, as too much moisture can lift this questionable substrate (the wood paper)

After that dries, then you should have a nice base upon which to do your painting
I'd recommend an enamel, either waterborne or oil-based, whichever you prefer
I can recommend Benjamin Moore's Impervo or Sherwin Williams Pro Classic as top quality enamels
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