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Question DetailsAsked on 2/28/2017

what is the most durable kitchen cabinet finish for cleaning?

I don't know whether to stain or paint.

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Answered 3 years ago by Member Services


Answer at other question here -

You also said "I don't know whether to stain or paint" - if you mean you are making this a DIY job, unless you have bare wood cabinets (and real wood surface, not hardboard or particle board or thin veneer laminate or such) then staining is going to mean either a LOT of stripping and sanding, whereas with proper cleaning and surface prep light sanding you can prime and paint to cover pretty much any surface. Do a bit of googling for Youtube videos and blogs on the effort needed to strip, which rarely comes out a happy experience if done in-place without removing the cabinets and working in a "dirty zone" like a garage floor. Prepping and painting in-place is hard enough - either one is a significant undertaking for an entire kitchen if you do it right to give a well-adhered, good coverage job, but the painting has to be hands-down the less difficult and more forgiving of the two.

Number one hint, other than proper cleaning and surface prep - use a GOOD brush of the proper type for the finish - easiest way to get a streaky or uneven finish is using a $2-5 brush - for cabinets I would normally be getting a brand-name $10-15 white china, oxhair, or even horsehair brush for most oil-based finishes if doing in-place (hence probably not spraying, which is the easiest way to get a perfect finish), or a good nylon brush for water-based paints.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD

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