Avoiding brush marks painting kitchen cabinets.


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Old 06-01-24, 07:36 AM
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Avoiding brush marks painting kitchen cabinets.

I'm planning to paint the kitchen cabinets. But one issue I'd like some advice on is avoiding the brush marks.

I've heard of something called flotrol that claims to make the paint "self-level". But assuming that claim is valid, it seems that would only work for horizontal surfaces. But what about the cabinet faces? It's not like I can take them down and out them on sawhorses.
 
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Old 06-01-24, 10:47 AM
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Floetrol can help but so will thinning the paint a little. A good brush and brushing technique also helps. If you sand between coats you won't get a build up of brush marks.

What finish is currently on the cabinets?
 
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The quality of the paint used has a lot to do with it too. And speed at which you paint.
 
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What finish is currently on the cabinets?
A Dark stain with some type of lacquer/shellac. I was planning to use something called liquid sandpaper ton degloss them then go over them with Zinser 1-2-3 Primer before painting them.

These are old stick built style (screw a cleat to the wall, add side panels then face frames and you have a cabinet). The house was built in the 80s and I'm certain these cabinets are original to the house.
 
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Floetrol can help but so will thinning the paint a little.
​​​​​​​On the vertical surfaces too?
 
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Vertical surfaces would require more/lighter coats.

My SOP for painting cabinets
Clean, sand and then wipe down with liquid deglosser prior to applying either an oil base or pigmented shellac primer. Sand when dry, remove dust and apply the 1st coat of enamel, repeat.

I almost always brush the carcass. Sometimes I'll take the doors and drawers to my shop and spray them.

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I'd be leery of any paint job over poly that doesn't include the proper prep.
 
 

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