Kitchen cabinets - laminated

Old 08-03-19, 07:30 PM
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Kitchen cabinets - laminated

I'm right now in the process of painting my kitchen cabinets. A few months ago, I replaced four doors with glass doors. The inside of the cabinets is laminated. I would like to paint them white as the rest of the kitchen.
I watched a few YouTube videos today to get some advice and it seems not any primer works for a laminated surface. After that, I called Sherwin Williams customer service and the lady on the phone said that I can buy an Extreme Bond Primer or could use a Liquid Sandpaper and use my current primer. I bought the Stain Blocking Primer/Sealer from Sherwin Williams for my project.

Now, I'm not sure what to do and if the information is correct. I would really appreciate it if someone could provide some advice.

One last question.....I only used the primer once on the cabinet doors. It looks good to me, but I'm not a professional. Is it better to apply a second coat or is one enough?

Thanks in advance!
Old 08-04-19, 02:57 AM
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1 coat of primer is normally sufficient. 1 coat primer and 2 coats finish is the norm for painting cabinets.

While I use deglosser often it won't do much to laminates other than clean it. Liquid deglossers work by softening the old finish helping the new primer/paint to adhere. I'd be surprised if the deglosser did any more than clean laminate.

If I had to paint laminate I'd use a pigmented shellac [BIN] for the prime coat.
Old 08-04-19, 05:20 AM
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When priming and painting a surface like laminate you need to give the primer and paint extra dry time (days) because unlike wood, the moisture cannot be absorbed into the material, so it can only dry one direction... outward. So once the film is formed, the moisture under the film is trapped until it can evaporate out through the film. So even though it may be dry to the touch, it isn't fully dry (cured) and should not be recoated until it is. A scratch test with your fingernail will prove this to be true. Primer that has dried for several days on laminate or tile is harder to scratch off than primer that is dry to the touch. That is a sign that it has bonded better... and will be more durable / last longer.
Old 08-04-19, 02:45 PM
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Mark and X are spot on. My wife wanted to paint our bathroom glazed tile, which I thought was a bad idea as it wouldn't stick. I recommended we go to SWP and follow their suggestions on primer and paint. They also recommended their extream bond primer and a topcoat. After she finished the job I could rub/scratch off the paint days after it was finished. However, weeks later it is much more durable and will not come off.

Short answer: Follow their advice and let the finish dry for a few days before recoating.
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I would strongly advise against trying to paint anything laminate. No matter how good a primer and/or paint you use it will not last. Laminate is simply not made to be painted. You will have a hard time getting anything to stick to that material and if it does it won't last like you want it to.
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