Polycrylic on latex-painted cabinets?


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Old 02-06-07, 12:18 PM
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Question Polycrylic on latex-painted cabinets?

About 5 weeks ago we re-painted our kitchen cabinets. They were previously painted with oil-based enamel- we sanded well, primed and put on 2 coats of a latex (100% acrylic) semi-gloss. It looks nice and has dried well, but I don't think it will get as "hard" as I'd like. I've heard about putting polycrylic over painted cabinets to give them a harder and more protective finish. The cabinets are a bright white, so I'm concerned about yellowing. I'd appreciate any advice/experience you can offer! If this is a good idea, any suggestions on products to use and what to apply it with (bristle brush, foam brush, roller)?
 
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What brand of latex enamel did you use? Enamel should be durable in and of itself. Not all paints are equal and the cheaper latex enamels don't dry or wear as well as the better grades.

I'd lightly sand and coat with a waterborne enamel. I'm partial to SWP's proclassic waterborne enamel.
 
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Thank you marksr- I used Valspar, I think it's a pretty good paint and have had good luck with it in other applications. It's hard to the touch and I do think it will be ok as is, but I'd love to give it another layer of protection to make it more scratch/nick resistant if possible. I'm very curious about experience with polycrylics in this type of application.
 
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I'm not familiar with Valspar enamels, I have used some of their varnish but not a lot. Personally I don't think there is a lot to be gained by applying poly over enamel. While it might provide a little extra protection it will also complicate any touch up painting that you may need/desire to do to the cabinets in the future.
 
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polyacrylic over painted cabinets

Beakie,

I realize that your question about applying polyacrylic
over painted cabinets was in February but I just saw
it today. I hope my answer will still be helpful.

Yes, you can apply polyacrylic over the painted cabinets. What I have done in the past is:
1. Make sure the cabinets are thoroughly dry. Paint
takes about 7 to 10 days to fully cure, but I have
found that waiting at least 4 days after the final
coat produces v. good results.
2. Before applying the polyacrylic make sure the sure
is dust free - use a tack cloth or an equivalent.
3. I used Minwax hand rubbed polyacrylic clear satin.
I never apply it with a brush. I always use i/2 of
an old pair of nylon pantyhose. The reason is that
it allows the finish to be applied in very thin
applications and the nylon traps any residual dust.
You can rub the finish in and wipe ever so lightly
for a seamless finish.
4. If you want a second coat can be applied.
5. After an additional day the finish should be
completely dry. The surface should be buffed to
remove any remaining dust particles that may
have settled during the drying period. Use brown
paper to buff. It can be from a paper grocery
bag or a brown paper lunch bag. The paper fibers
will remove the dust and buff the surface.
 
 

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