A Swift and Simple Update
Update a dreary and dim kitchen by giving it new color
with a coat of paint. It's a swift and simple solution that
requires no construction or other major undertaking. a wonderful
alternative to buying new cabinetry.
Select Your Painting Alternative
You can paint
your existing doors and drawer fronts in addition to your
cabinet surfaces and casework, or buy them new through Rockler's
door and drawer program. Replacing your cabinet doors and drawer
fronts enables you to update the style of your cabinets, and
save a significant amount of time in the process. You'll need to
remove the old doors and drawers to paint them anyway. Rockler
offers a wide variety of ready-to-paint styles to choose from.
Or, you may want to consider Rigid Thermo Foil (RTF) doors and
drawer fronts for a durable white matte finish without painting.
Simply determine the size, style, and edge option of the door
and drawer fronts you need for a striking new look. New hardware
will add the polish of a professional kitchen update.
Choose Your Paint
You will need to consider three paint type alternatives. They
- Epoxy paint
- Oil-based paint
- Acrylic water-based paint
Epoxy paints are the hardest form of paint finish, but are
usually spayed on. Unless you're willing to spend a lot of time
preparing adjacent areas from over spray, we recommend another
Acrylic water-based paints. latex paints, offer ease of use and
clean up with soap and water, but take up to 7 days to cure.
They do not adhere well to previously painted or finished
cabinetry so an oil-based primer must be used first. The final
finish is not as hard as provided by an oil-based paint.
Oil-based paints produce a beautiful luster and dry in a
relatively short time. They require more intensive clean up
(petroleum solvents), but reach final curing hardness within 48
The Painting Process
Preparation is the key to a successful paint job. It's easy
when you observe the following 6 steps.
Step #1: Remove door and drawer hardware and take all
doors off their hinges.
Step #2: Wash and degrease all surfaces to be painted with a
trisodium phosphate (TSP) cleaner to remove dirt and grime from
old surfaces. (Make sure to wear
rubber gloves and
Step#3: Lightly sand all cabinets with
120-grit sandpaper to roughen their surfaces, and wipe with
tack cloth. This will assure the adherence of a new paint
covering to the old surfaces.
Step#4: Prime all exterior surfaces using a high quality
paintbrush or roller and allow the primer to dry thoroughly. Use
a second coat if necessary to cover original finish or stains.
Step#5: Apply two coats of a high-quality paint and allow it to
dry for 24 hours before reassembling components. Be sure to sand
between coats with 220-grit sandpaper to remove dust nibs and/or
Step#6: Reassemble doors and drawers, and install
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