Painting Metal Cabinets

Old 09-17-01, 05:05 PM
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I've got a house built in the '40's that has metal cabinets in the kitchen. Planning to remodel but hate getting rid of them. What can I do to salvage? How do I prep the cabinets for painting? What type of paint is best to use on metal finish?

Old 09-18-01, 07:00 AM
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There are many ways to handle this problem and perhaps you can get some other ideas but this is what I would do. I would take the cabinets off the wall, strip all of the paint off. I would do this because the cabinets have probably been painted a few times with a brush and who knows what and you want to start with a clean smooth surface. Spary the primer before rust starts in on the claen metal. Spray them with a good oil based primer. A kilz is OK. Then spray them with 2 coats of an oil based semigloss or gloss topcoat depending on what look you want.
If you do not have one or are not good with a sprayer, take them to a body shop and let a professinal do it forl you. It will look good.

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