You (or your house painters) invested time and money into painting a set of cabinets. Despite all your effort, the kitchen cabinet paint is beginning to peel off. It flakes or chips off, has visible bubbles underneath it, or is so covered in small cracks that it looks like an alligator’s skin.
Why is this happening? How can you salvage your cabinet painting project instead of replacing your cabinets with expensive new ones?
It’s incredible how even the smallest amount of dust, dirt, or stickiness can ruin the finish of a cabinet. The first step in kitchen cabinet refinishing should always be to do a deep clean with a degreaser and scrub pads. A good cleaning gives you a good surface for your primer to get the best bond.
Make sure to take a fresh, slightly damp cloth and wipe the entire surface to remove any cleaner. Let the surface fully dry, then wipe again with a dry cloth or paper towel to make sure you’ve thoroughly cleaned the kitchen cabinet surface before starting.
Several kinds of finishes used in Cabinet Painting or Cabinet finishing can affect the next coat of paint applied on top. They might be glossy, waxy, or coated with a laminate surface. Finishes of this type prevent a new coat of paint from bonding with the cabinet surface.
Proper cleaning and abrading the surface before using a high-quality, high bonding primer are essential. A shellac-based primer will dry quickly and prepare the surface to receive the finish coats. Shellac-based primers have the added benefit of being highly resistant to mold and mildew, which may be relevant to you in high-humidity areas of your home like Kitchens, bathrooms, and perhaps your basement and garage.
Paint that looks and feels dry isn’t necessarily cured. Some paints can take up to a month to completely heal, and humidity makes this take even longer. Make sure you’ve read, understood, and followed the recommendations on the paint you’re using when working on a DIY project. After you’re done, give it the full cure time before placing furniture, decorations, and other items directly against the painted surface.
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