Painting Kitchen Shelves

Old 08-01-01, 09:13 AM
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I have gotten great advice here in the past just by reading the questions of others. Now I have a question. I am refinishing my kitchen cabinets. The cabinets were painted with a dark brown latex paint. I have removed the paint, filled the holes and I am ready to repaint them in white. I think I have the correct way to paint them (of course ALL recommendations are welcome). My main question is; I plan on painting the shelves as well, how can I protect the shelves from chipping and scratching from food cans, pot and pans, and so on? Polyurethane? Polyurethane doesn’t yellow does it? Thanks for all your help.
Old 08-01-01, 06:25 PM
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Polyurethane DOES yellow over time - in fact it comes out of the can with an amber cast.

Putting a 'protective' coat over paint is overkill, if you use the right paint to start.

My choice would be a good oil base paint made for exterior wood/metal applications. Apart from a specialty paint, such as an industrial maintenance coating, it's the toughest finish you'll find at the retail level.

A good primer (get one suggested by the manufacturer of teh paint you select) followed by two coats of ifnish and you shouldn't have to worry about the shelves until you get tired of the color...

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