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Old 03-25-2013, 12:40 PM   #1
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Painting Vintage Metal Kitchen Cabinets


We recentely purchased our first home and are looking for suggestions regarding the cabs. They are vintage metal cabinets - Youngstown Metal Cabinets. Really a matter of preference, but the wife loves them, and so that is all that matters.

What I am looking for is a little insight on painting / repainting. I have minimal knowledge of how to even start this project short of stripping / sanding and repainting. One concern I have is the potential for lead based paint as these are many years old.

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Look again have they ever been painted over?
If not then that's likly a baked on enamel or porcelain finish.
Going to be a whole lot more work then your thinking to paint them.

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Look again have they ever been painted over?
If not then that's likly a baked on enamel or porcelain finish.
Going to be a whole lot more work then your thinking to paint them.
This sounds like it may be the case indeed. Any thoughts on a type of spray paint that may work well for touch ups / hide blemishes well? Or any other ideas that may work well?
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That's a tough one. Problum come in when that stuff chips it lower the the surface so any touch up tend to show up more.
They sell touch up paint with a little brush in the bottle that sticks good but it always show.
You can also buy spray appliance paint but you would have to feather out the area and spray the whole area to get it to blend in. Like the whole door or drawer front.
You would not want to do this inside, because of the over spray and smell.
There is companys that specialize in spray painting office furniture while in place that might work.
Trying to think of the name of what it's called.
They place electrodes on the metal and the paints attracted to the surface.
Got it, it's electrostatic painting.
http://www.epp-painting.com/
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I've seen these type cabinets but not for a long time.If the existing finish is sound,I would clean them up really good, scuff sand, prime with a bonding primer and finish with a quality latex finish paint(2 coats).A good quality brush is the way to go.An inexperienced person with a sprayer causes more trouble than it's worth.
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Nothing wrong with that suggestion but no way would I ever suggest using a brush except for the ends and touch up.
A foam roller would give you a smooth flat finish.
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Nothing wrong with that suggestion but no way would I ever suggest using a brush except for the ends and touch up.
A foam roller would give you a smooth flat finish.
The roller would work fine too.May even be better for a DIY.

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