Re: Painting Stained Trim and Kitchen Cabinets
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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