Want to paint cabinets need help


Old 02-07-18, 07:10 PM
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Want to paint cabinets need help

Hi, we are thinking about painting our kitchen cabinets but are not sure what they are made of and the process that is required to paint them. I am posting some pictures hoping that someone can help.
One picture is of the door that is damaged...another is of the side of the door and the final is of the curve on the cabinet in the island.
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Old 02-07-18, 08:21 PM
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You have melamine cabinets and the stuff on the 3/4" sides of the doors and drawers is edgebanding. It's glued on with heat and adhesive. You would need to repair that edge in the bottom picture for sure... the others a filler would probably work on. If that is a countertop, (1 1/4" thick or so) that would probably be a laminate... not edgebanding. Laminate gets glued on with contact cement. It's hard to tell from the pic what the heck that even is.

I don't know that melamine paints very well, you would have poor adhesion if you just tried to paint it with latex. I'm sure Marksr will chime in, but I would say that you should clean/degrease them, then you should probably wipe them well with thinner... scuff sand them, use an oil primer, then scuff sand again, the you would be ready to paint.

As for laminates, they make countertop epoxies that probably work best. No experience doing it, but you will have better results with an epoxy kit on the counter top than you will with paint. Painting a countertop is just asking for trouble if you ask me. Plus it should be a food safe product...
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I would not recommend painting those doors and drawer fronts. I would wait for further advice on painting.

Here is a link to Rustoleum and they specialize in hard to finish surfaces:

Paint or not I would replace the edges with iron on banding or self stick banding. Iron on is better.

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I've only painted a few melamine cabinets. An oil base or pigmented shellac primer is a must! The top coat can be oil base, latex or waterborne enamel - your choice. I'd be inclined to replace the doors and drawer fronts and just paint over the melamine on the cabinet case.

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