3 Disadvantages of Using Latex Paint on Kitchen Cabinets

If you're planning to paint your kitchen cabinets, you may be thinking about using latex paint. However, before proceeding to use this type of paint on your cabinets, there are a number of disadvantages of which you should be aware.

1. Prone to Peeling

Latex paint's propensity for peeling and cracking is one of the key reasons to avoid using it to paint your kitchen cabinets. When applied in extreme temperatures, particularly extreme heat, latex paint tends to peel off, effectively ruining a day's worth of hard work. One way to avoid this problem is to make sure your paint job is carried out in a well-ventilated environment and that your work area is neither too hot nor too cold.

2. Slow to Cure

Another reason not to paint your kitchen cabinets with latex paint is its extremely slow curing time. In may cases, latex paint can take excess of 3 weeks to completely harden. During this time, you'll need to be very careful not to disturb the paint, as it is particularly susceptible to peeling while the curing process is taking place.

3. Cumbersome to Apply

Before applying latex paint to kitchen cabinets, you'll need to make sure the cabinets have been thoroughly sanded. Should the paint be applied to rough, bumpy or uneven surfaces, peeling and/or cracking is almost certain to take place.