Cabinet paint won't dry


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Old 01-30-08, 08:41 PM
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Cabinet paint won't dry

I recently purchased a house and decided to paint the cabinets. They were laminate/particle board (I think). I cleaned them with ammonia and applied paint thinner (I read somewhere that this was what one is supposed to do... although I haven't seen any mention of that on this forum), primed them with BIN primer, then painted them with semi-gloss paint (2 coats). It has been about a month and the paint never completely dried... I'm wondering what I need to do to fix this problem. Do I clean them, sand them, and then paint them again? Thank you for any input.
 

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Old 01-31-08, 04:30 AM
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Welcome to the forums!

It may be the paint that you used. Was it latex enamel? what brand?

Some of the cheaper latex enamels never cure to a hard finish
 
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Old 01-31-08, 05:49 AM
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I'm not sure about all of the terminology, but I know it was water-based semi-gloss. It was Behr brand.
 
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Old 01-31-08, 06:46 AM
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Unfortunately, the Behr can take a month to fully dry
But what you may be running into, the "stickyness", is plasticizer transfer, and/or "blocking" (both big problems with the Behr products), which could continue indefinitely

You could wait another month and see if it settles down a bit
But I'd recommend re-coating with a quality waterborne enamel, like Ben Moore's Impervo or Sherwin Williams Pro Classic
Be sure to get the waterborne, as both also come in oil-based versions
 
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Old 01-31-08, 09:45 AM
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I agree with slick, lightly sand and recoat with a better grade of paint! You need to go to a real paint store to find quality coatings - big box paint depts are more concerned with low price than quality
 
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Old 01-31-08, 02:12 PM
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Thank you! I will try sanding and then will paint again with better paint.
 
 

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