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Repainting laminate kitchen cabinets is an economical choice to transform outdated storage into eye-catching, modern cabinetry. However, the painting process is entirely different. This surface needs special cleaning, priming, and painting techniques because it is not nearly as porous as its hardwood counterpart.
What are the dos when repainting laminate kitchen cabinets?
1. Remove all cabinet hardware
Remove any visible cabinet hardware, such as knobs and pulls, before painting your kitchen cabinets. This will ensure a clean, obstruction-free paint application. Take the doors off the laminate cabinets and paint them individually if the hinges can be seen and are removable. Alternatively, you can use painter’s tape to cover the metal hinges and paint the doors while they are still in place.
2. Sand the cabinets
Use a rough material, such as sandpaper, to help you adhere the paint firmly to the cabinet. With 120-grit sandpaper, begin extensively scuffing the cabinet’s surfaces. This paper is sufficient to dust surfaces but not to the point where it would rip through delicate laminates. After that, use a moist cloth or a portable vacuum to remove any remaining dust.
3. Test your paint
Before risking labor hours and redoing things because things didn’t go as planned, begin the process with small tests. Pick a subtle region of your cabinet. The backs of the cabinets are the ideal location for that. Apply the paint, dry it, and check the bonding. Did you notice any bubbles in the coat? If yes, this indicates poor adhesion. In that situation, you should speak with professional painters to find a more suitable paint for your kitchen remodeling job.
4. Limit fume exposure
Paints and primers contain hazardous ingredients. Keep children and pets out of the room while you paint because of the intense fumes created, and place a respirator in the space for better ventilation. Put on some work gloves that can withstand chemicals as well.
What are the don’ts when repainting laminate kitchen cabinets?
1. Painting over damaged laminate
It will be difficult for the paint to bond to the laminate if it is warped, cracked, or flaking. Make sure the laminate is in superb condition. Repair every laminate damage that you find to achieve that. Don’t forget to reface your cabinets before painting.
2. Leaving dirt and grit behind
Paint won’t stick properly to the cabinet if you apply it to a surface covered in dust or grease. So, before you paint laminate cabinets, try using trisodium phosphate to gently wipe away any oil or filth that has become embedded. After that, thoroughly clean the cabinets with water and then dry them properly.
3. Using old paint and primer
Remember that not all primers and paints work well with laminate. Use only those specific adhesives to stick to the sensitive laminate cabinets’ surface. Select a primer for bonding that is strong enough to adhere to the laminate surface. Once the primer has dried, and the area is free of imperfections, paint it with an oil- or latex-based paint. If you already purchased paint that may be used straight on laminate, skip the primer.
4. Leaving traces of brushstrokes
You might want to think twice if you typically use a brush to apply paint to laminate cabinets’ smooth surfaces. These standard paintbrushes tend to leave an unattractive brushstroke trail in their wake. Instead, use a roller, sprayer, or paint pad to get a streak-free surface.
Do you want your laminate kitchen cabinets to achieve a brand-new look again? Consider hiring professional painters.
Instead of DIY, it would be better to hire professional painters if you’re considering repainting your laminate kitchen cabinets. If you are in the Cleveland area, reach out to The Picky Painters. You don’t have to buy brand-new cabinets; we can help you upgrade them by painting them.
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(Cabinets shown are not laminate)
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