Painting kitchen cabinets


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Old 07-16-01, 05:24 PM
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My kitchen cabinets are 20 year old dark brown laminate on particle board doors and cabinets. I cannot afford the $3000 replacement cost at this time. Someone suggested painting them might make them tolerable until I can afford to replace them. Is it possible to paint over laminate and still have a durable, workable, washable surface? I doubt it, but is it possible paint the countertops also?

If it is possible, are there any special products you must use?

 
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Old 07-18-01, 06:15 PM
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Housemarried,
Sure, you can paint over laminated cabinets. Clean them very good, TSP usually will take of kitchen's built up greases. Apply at least one coat of Kilz as a primer.
Then paint your final coat with a good latex or oil base paint. Using a gloss or semi-gloss will ease the occasional cleaning.
I would not suggest painting the counter tops. They get too much uasge - dings, scrapes, scratches, etc.
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Old 07-18-01, 06:33 PM
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Thanks Fred! I was hoping someone might have an answer.
I found a "Cabinet & Trim - high closs enamel" made by Valspar. The brochure says to use a "bonding" primer - Are all primers bonding primers? Also, is there a better primer than Kilz - I have had soem trouble with Kilz in the past.
I also found out I can replace my countertops for less than $100 which eliminates the whole painting idea.

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Old 07-18-01, 08:24 PM
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Ray,
Most primers are made to both seal the wood and supply the 'bite' for final paint coats. Since the laminate is your seal, all you need is a good primer before the final coat. Just go with a good name brand primer, Valspar's should be fine.
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