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Old 01-02-2012, 10:57 PM   #1
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Just wandering if there is a way to glaze white laminate/melamine cabinets without painting it, just using some degloser and glaze ower. I was looking in to Rust-Oleum, but process is sooo long. Since I'm not going to change color it would be nice to shorten process.
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Your challenge is adhesion of anything to a laminate or melamine surface without doing some work. What exactly are you trying to accomplish with a glaze?

Here is one off the wall suggestion I have not tried. My brothers in whites hate my approach to kitchen cabinets anyhow but let's see how this flies.

Buy a couple cans of Krylon Fusion or the Rustoleum equivalent. Stand back a bit and glaze away. Or become a graffiti artist if you get carried away. Fusion comes in tons of colors. The products are made to stick to laminates and melamine.

Prep is the key with these paints. The surface has to be really, really clean or all efforts are in vain.

You could also try to turn a melamine paint into a glaze. Again. Never tried thinning the stuff. My brothers and sisters in whites may have?

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There's just no such thing as a quick and 100% solid and impenetrable and perfect coating for cabinets (or anything, really)

What made it seem like a long process to you?

Most 'refinishing' processes cover some of the same steps. No matter what you do - you must clean your cabinet surfaces. Really - for Rustoleum's trasnformation kit that's the main issue . . . you scrub everything thoroughly with a de-glosser that cleans and primes your surface so you can apply the new coating.

A few hours between coats is what you must do no matter what if your first coat isn't enough.

If you're applying mor ethan one product you must let it dry before applying the next product (like a paint with a sealer)

Dig in - appraoch it easily and do it over the course of the week's evenings. It won't be as daunting as you think.
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de-glosser that cleans and primes your surface so you can apply the new coating.
Just one nit picky point. Cleaners are not primers. Post was on the mark otherwise.
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Just one nit picky point. Cleaners are not primers. Post was on the mark otherwise.
True.

When it come sto Rustoleum's kit - I'm not sure what their deglosser consists of. REading about ti: it seems to serve both purposes but I'm not sure.
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Just a final comment on this from some gray haired experience. Projects that rush or skip prep or race the time it takes for materials to dry or cure? Cannot and do not end well or last long. Ever.

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