Painting an oak cabinet

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Old 08-27-09, 01:03 PM
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Painting an oak cabinet

I have a very nice oak cabinet that I bought about 7 yrs ago and I'd like to paint it but am concerned as to how to do it without ruining the cabinet (I paid $700.00 for it ). Its the "country looking orangey colour" and I want to get away from country. Can anyone give me any suggestions?

Thanks, Karen
 
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I hate to paint oak but.......
Scuff sand the finish with 150-180 grit sandpaper, remove the dust and coat with a solvent based primer [zinnser's BIN would be best but oil primer will do] Sand lightly when dry and apply a coat of enamel, sand again lightly with 220 grit and apply your last coat of enamel.

You can use latex, oil base or waterborne enamel. Both oil base and waterborne will wear better than latex. White [and some light] oil base enamel will yellow as it ages, waterborne and latex will not.
 
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what is "waterborne enamel"?
 
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Old 09-19-09, 04:47 PM
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Welcome to the forums mockingbirdhill!

I don't know the technical aspects of or how waterborne is formulated different from the other paints but basically waterborne enamel has a lot of the characteristic of oil base enamel but cleans up with soap and water. Waterborne dries to a hard durable film like oil base enamel does but doesn't yellow with age like the oil does.
 
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