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Question DetailsAsked on 12/31/2012

I am looking to have my kitchen cabinets painted. My neighbor had terrible results with peeling paint leaving me a bit nervous.

My current cabinets are in good shape with a tough factory finish. I have heard that surface preparation is critical with these finishes in order for the paint to properly adhere and take the beating and wiping that cabinets must take.I live in SOuth Hills, Pittsburgh

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You heard right! Surface prep is critical. If your cabinets are solid wood and can be lightly sanded that's one thing, if they are a composite with a lot of glue or resins, that is another. Most cabinets today are composite with a laminate of some sort (plastic) over them. These cabinets are more durable and less susceptible to warping than solid wood. The drawback is they don't hold paint well. Your other option is to have them "refaced". It isn't much more than having them repainted and it lasts much longer. If you are going with a solid color, I would look at that option.

Answered 7 years ago by Vern


There's a chance your neighbor used latex paint over oil based paint or varnish on her cabinets which resulted in paint peeling. Oil base can go over latex after a light sanding but latex can never go over oil base. It won't stick. If you don't know what type of wood, composite, etc. your cabinets are made of or the type of finish consider hiring a professional painter who understands the needed steps for surface preparation.

Todd Shell
Todd's Home Services
San Antonio, TX

Answered 7 years ago by Todd's Home Services

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