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jimithing78 08-19-2008 02:39 PM

Quick cabinet painting questions
 
Hello all, quick question about painting kitchen cabinets. We hired a professional painter to paint our kitchen cabinets. He sanded them down, primed them and then painted them. For the most part they look good, but there are a couple of places where the paint looks wrinkled. My question is how hard is it to fix these areas? Is it as easy as sanding these spots and then repainting them? He originally used a sprayer for the primer and paint and the cabinets look real smooth. If he sands and then repaints with a brush or roller what are the chances of seeing some texture in these spots after the paint dries? Thanks.

slickshift 08-19-2008 05:06 PM

Honestly, another goo reason for doing cabinet 'by hand' is the inevitable touch-ups that are needed later
It's very difficult to touch up sprayed paint by hand
But, depending on where, why, when, and the skill of the technician, it may be possible
If your contractor is touching them up, he/she should decide how best to go about it
They should know their limits/skill level

Nestor_Kelebay 08-20-2008 01:46 AM

In my view, on the flat horizontal surfaces, like the tops of shelves, fixing rough paint is simply a matter of scraping/sanding it down, and applying a thinned coat of paint over it.

Thinning allows a paint to "self level" so much better. It both reduces the viscosity of the paint and increases the drying time so the paint has more time to flow faster into a flat smooth film.

If the problems are on a vertical surface, I'd do the same thing, but use either Floetrol (made by Flood) for latex paints or Penetrol (also by Flood) for oil based paints. These paint additives will thin the paint without lowering it's viscosity so that it has more time to dry, and therefore self level to a flat, smooth surface.

That is, I think you can do a decent job fixing any glitches yourself.


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