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Old 11-05-2008, 03:03 PM   #1
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I just put up some old kitchen cabinets in my garage and wanted to paint them something like metallic silver. They are not a hard wood, are like 35 years old and stained dark. Also, they have had oil rubbed in them in the past. Can I just add a primer and then paint or will the paint rub off to easy? Thanks.

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The Ideal Cabinet Repaint:

Clean with ammonia/water solution
Let dry

Sand with 180
This is to "rough up" the surface, not sand it off
Wipe with Tack Cloth

Prime with a white-pigmented shellac based primer*
(Use a disposable brush and take precautions
Plenty of fresh air and a respirator are good ideas when working with shellac)
Let dry

Sand with 180
This is a light sanding to smooth out the shellac a bit
Wipe with tack cloth

Paint first coat, using a good quality oil-based enamel, or a quality waterborne enamel, using the a good quality proper type brush (oil/water-based prefer different kinds of brushes)
Let dry over night

Lightly sand with 220
Wipe with tack cloth

Second coat quality oil based enamel, or a quality waterborne enamel, also with a proper brush

Enjoy beautiful cabinets
…and the long-lasting durable finish you applied yourself

*If the cabinets are in good shape, and not too dark, a quality oil-based (alkyd) primer may be used for priming (and TSP for cleaning)
I suggest a shellac because it works on just about any surface, dark, light, wood, laminate, bare wood, stained wood, polyurethane-ed wood, pickled wood, previously oil-based or latex painted wood, and even the questionable surfaces like inexpensive “paper” laminates if the surface is prepped and the shellac applied carefully
It’s also your best bet for plastic or melamine type surfaces

If the cabinets are known to have a quality, properly adhering, latex or waterborne finish in good shape, the primer step could be skipped if the surface was scuff sanded well-but it would still be better to do the step and use a quality water based enamel undercoating as a primer.

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I painted my Kitchen cabinets too. First I cleaned them real well then I painted them with an oil based primer. They came out just fine.

I would have gone the sanding route as described above but they had lots nooks and crannies and would have required hours of hand sanding.

I would try my method on a small spot to see if the primer takes to the finish. If it does, great, if not, happy sanding!

Best of luck!
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Yep, my method will not yield as good a finish as the one above, but it may be good enough to hang in the garage.

The problem with painting kitchen cabinets is the greese from all the cooking and it is very hard to remove. I also rehung kitchen cabinets is the garage and I cleaned them well and I primed them with an oild based primer. I then applied two coats of Latex, they came out fine.

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Thanks for all the replies! Since they are just in the garage I will probably go the easier route. Thanks again!
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The sanding is merely a "scuff sanding"
I did not say "sand the current finish off"
Frankly, if it takes more than minutes to do for each unit, you are doing it wrong
Well worth the time if the difference is "will work" as opposed to "might work"

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