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    Default Painting Stained Trim and Kitchen Cabinets

    Hi all,

    My wife and I are considering painting our kitchen trim and cabinets. I'm a little nervous about this because I don't have a lot of painting experience but there is only one way to get it right? But, with that said, I don't want to screw this up and have paint peeling in a year or so.

    So I assume the steps include:

    1. Sand all surfaces
    2. Clean all surfaces of dust
    3. Prime
    4. Wait for the primer to fully dry and cure
    5. Paint

    Please let me know if I'm missing something or if you add or change any steps.

    Also, I would like your recommendations for primer to use and paint brand/type to use.

    Thank you so much for your help!

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    Default Re: Painting Stained Trim and Kitchen Cabinets

    I'd make the primer Zinsser BIN oil based. It dries in one hour.

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    Default Re: Painting Stained Trim and Kitchen Cabinets

    depending on how nice you want to have your cabinets come out....you might want to consider leaving that job to professional painters. they'll spray the cabinets and doors with primer and paint leaving a nice brush stroke free, roller stroke free finish.

    you can paint a bedroom wall...even i can paint a bedroom wall....i do quite a bit of painting but i wouldn't feel comfortable painting kitchen cabinets for a customer for fear that it might not come out perfect.

    we just finished do a bunch of work at a house, my painter did the kitchen cabinets, we did the window trim in all the other rooms. the cabinets look like new.

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    Default Re: Painting Stained Trim and Kitchen Cabinets

    gaioo1,

    Just a slight correction to Houston Remodelers' post: Zinsser BIN is actually a white pigmented shellac. Its solvent is denatured alcohol. I would agree that it is a fantastic primer. In fact, I preferred it when priming kitchen cabinets because of its tremendous adhesion, fast drying, and unlike lacquer primers, it would not "fish eye" if a spec of wax or grease failed to get removed from the surface.

    My preference for fine cabinetry is still oil based enamels due to their hardness and leveling ability. Their main drawback is their tendency to yellow with age. Of course, they are also slower drying than latexes or lacquers.

    You might consider purchaseing an HVLP (High Volumn, Low Pressure) spray gun. These are self-contained units which use an air turbine to supply air rather than a compressor. Some creditable brands can be had for as little as $100. Google
    "Earlex sprayers". They are made in England and quite good for their price.

    Generally, paints will have to be thinned to spray well, acrylic/latexs more than oil. The BIN primer sprays well when thinned about 10% with alcohol.

    The doors are best removed and sprayed flat. This allows you to lay on the paint without fear of runs. This is true when brushing also.

    Removal of the doors also greatly simplifies the painting of the cabinet bases. If the hardware can be removed, do so!

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    Default Re: Painting Stained Trim and Kitchen Cabinets

    Thanks for your advice - having a painter friend come and give his opinion tomorrow.

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    Default Re: Painting Stained Trim and Kitchen Cabinets

    Step one for kitchen cabinets is wash thoroughly with TSP and rinse. You have to get off the grease and other schmutz.
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