Painting Laminated Kitchen Cabinets
LESLIE: Holly in North Dakota needs some help with kitchen cabinets. What can we do for you?
HOLLY: Hi. We are looking at either laminating our kitchen cupboards or what I would like to do is to paint our kitchen cupboards but I’m not exactly sure the right process or the best paint to use on it.
LESLIE: Well, what are they currently made of? Are they wood? Are they a laminated wood surface now?
HOLLY: They’re like a laminated wood surface; you know, with the shine to them. The house was built in ’88 …
HOLLY: … and (inaudible at 0:03:43.5) and I just want to get it a fresher look, I guess.
LESLIE: Well, generally, when you’re painting a laminated surface, you want to make sure that, number one, it’s clean; and then once you’ve gotten it super-duper clean you need to abrade the surface. And because you don’t want it to be, you know, rough-hewn in its look or have a rough, gritty look in its surface, you can use something that’s called a liquid sander, which is a liquid that sort of just lightly abrades the surface.
TOM: You mean liquid sandpaper.
LESLIE: Yeah, liquid sandpaper. And then you brush that on or rub that on according to the directions. I think you rub it on with a towel. And then once that sort of does its job, you need to use a really good-quality oil-based primer because you want that primer to stick super-duper well and if you go with a latex you’re going to be able to scratch it right off. And you need to make sure you that you do this on a day that is not humid at all. On Trading Spaces, we painted a kitchen cabinet set – all of it – on like a rainy, gross day and that paint was scraping off. So you need to make sure that you use the oil-based primer; do it on a day that’s super-dry; let it dry really, really well and then go ahead and put a latex topcoat on top of that.
LESLIE: OK, that sounds great.
TOM: Holly, thanks so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT.