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Question DetailsAsked on 4/26/2015

Kitchen cabinets painted

I need a painter for red oak cabinetry in the kitchen. Only someone who has had successful experience painting wood cabinets.

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Cabinet Refacing/Restoration is probably your best bet - otherwise Painting, finding one with experience and a real desire to paint cabinets. Recommendations (or bids) from cabinet-making and installing compniesmight be a good placeto start too, cross-checking on AL for any reviewson the recommended painters. A few cabinet shops also do field restaining/painting, but most deal with only making new cabinets or complete in-shop restorations only- which is not a bad idea for re-staining true hardwood (as opposed to veneer) cabinets, because shop restoration (where the cabinets and drawers are partly disassembled to better prep and finish the hardwood parts) can give a like-new product for about half the cost, because the frames are all sized and built and need no field work to make themfit right.

Painting is not too tough - just requires excellent prep to remove the grease, plus due to the typically glossier finishes used on kitchen cabinets, better than usual deglossing and going ewasy on the corners and edges to avoid cutting through the existing finish to bare wood, which will change the finish appearance in that area.

Restaining is tough, especially if stripping because you generally need to first use a sanding sealer (after stripping) to avoid "skunk stripes" at the more open-grained areas or where the sanding only in soft grain goes through the pre-existing stain. Easierto do by FAR with a gel stain than a penetrating stain, though those generally are not quite as resistant to finger scratches and oils.

Answered 4 years ago by LCD

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