Tips Spray Painting Kitchen Cabinets


Best of luck with your next kitchen cabinet painting job, knowing we have just scratched the surface (no pun intended). There is a tremendous amount of work besides any siding you might have to do, cleaning, priming, spraying top coats of finish products.

Leaving Doors & Drawers In Place

Painting approximately 25-30 kitchen cabinet jobs per year, we have refined our kitchen cabinet paint program to excellence. Just one of these ways is leaving cabinet doors in place, as well as drawer fronts, masking everything else.

Masking door hinges so carefully, using razor knife, cutting away excess, you cannot tell doors were ever painted in place. Reason for this is if you remove doors, drawer fronts, painting off-site at shop, they still have to be suspended in the air some way, some how. So, why not leave them in place? Makes perfect sense.

I had another paint contractor call me up, trying to convince me that we should remove major portions of cabinetry, taking to shop to paint. I kindly said "You do it your way, & we'll do ours, we leave everything in place. Best of luck!".

Biggest Job Masking

Largest work involves masking. Masking off everything you wish not to be painted in your kitchen, which includes ceilings, walls, back splashes, sinks, hardware, appliances, floors, and counter-tops.

We essentially make a spray booth in the kitchen, having limited use during painting procedure.

Cutting a slit, or making a flap to enter kitchen. Your still able to access refrigerator, but forget using the dishwasher, or range.

Spray painting your kitchen cabinets is indeed the best, most professional way to go. Hiring professional painters is your best option. Painters having expertise pulling this off, giving new life to cabinets once again.


Important Tips Painting Kitchen Cabinets

Do not know how I can stress this enough. Besides properly masking, applying proper primer is key.

You have made an economical choice painting kitchen cabinets, however there are a few important tips to follow, that your cabinetry comes out perfect, similar to a new car finish.

This article below will provide you with the right knowledge beforehand, making your experience, enjoyable many years to come.

Doing it right from the first time is ultimately important. Knowing cabinets are one of the most expensive items built into your home. Walking you through this article, you will be far better versed when it comes to painting kitchen or bathroom cabinets in your residence.

Consequently, you will also enjoy many years of gratification, as others will too, who come to visit, knowing the kitchen is the life-blood of a home. Kitchens are where families spend the majority of the time, conversing, planning, cooking, and of course eating nearby.

So it is essential that your kitchen cabinet painting is one that will last a lifetime, looking brand new ten years later, as the day they were painted.


Knowing What is the Best Brand of Paint for Kitchen Cabinets

Understanding the best paint for kitchen cabinets is crucial, just as the following steps, tips, and knowledge is just as important.

We all know cabinets are not painted everyday, nor usually more than once during the life of a kitchen or bathroom cabinet. Therefore, getting the best paint for your cabinets is essential. Interior house paint has come full circle with the technology, additives, and properties, incorporating oil or Alkyd paints with water-based Acrylic paints for water cleanup.

What you want to make sure is your buying a paint, having the hardest enamel coating once cured. Have you ever painted a pantry shelf, putting a can of soup or Green Giant Green Beans back on it weeks later, and the can still sticks? Well, that wasn't the correct type of paint, and neither would be for kitchen cabinets.

Paint Sheen

This brings up the topic of paint sheen, with Semi-gloss or Gloss paint finish being the hardest, most durable. Having one that allows you to wipe with a damp cloth is extremely important, cleaning spills, splatters, cake mixes, and waffle mixtures days later.

I don't know about you, but I generally clean as I go, but some may wait, or get distracted, doing something else. Waffle mixtures dry very hard, and having a paint harder than that, will make your life much easier. You know where I'm going with this don't you? Not wanting to say, ''Rats! My paint is coming off with my

Waffle_Batter dried waffle batter!''. Keep reading, as these suggestions below will ensure lasting beauty and years of enjoyment.

Top Two Cabinet Paints Available

Cabinet paints recommended below, ensures a quality kitchen cabinet painting job from the get-go.

Having many years of durability, proper adhesion and leveling will look like those cabinets were painted in the factory, having a hard car finish, and not some fly-by-night painting job. We have painted many kitchen and bathroom cabinets over the years for our clientele, and not one warranty question speaks highly.


ProClassic® Interior Waterbased Acrylic-Alkyd Enamel is a tough and durable coating that enhances the look of doors, trim, cabinets and furniture. Excellent adhesion, flow, and leveling, non-yellowing and a unique wet and dry hide makes ProClassic® a perfect choice.

Benjamin Moore™

ADVANCE® Interior Paint

A premium quality, waterborne alkyd paint that offers a full line of durable high-end finishes ideal for doors, trim and cabinetry.

What Kind of Paint to Use on Unfinished Kitchen Cabinets

The paints to use on unfinished cabinets are the same ones to use on finished ones, however proper steps mentioned below is vital for a professional paint finish. Unfinished kitchen cabinets are typically rare.

Even the natural ones have a non-noticeable protection to the unfinished wood. Having a sealer, lacquer with a matte finish makes the appearance almost unbeknown. So unless you are sure you have unfinished cabinets, you may want to take a closer look.

This is important either way, in that you will want to use a high bonding primer

What_Kind_of_Paint_to_Use_on_Unfinished_Kitchen_Cabinetswhen you are ready to start painting. Fresh new cut wood needs to be sanded first, removing tiny fragments of wood particulates.

Carefully sanding with the grain, as if you sand against or across the grain, will leave scratches, making the paint level even more than it has to.

Paint is not smart, and only goes on a substrate that is clean, and sound. Wanting a smooth substrate is key, as well as cleaning, dusting, having no foreign matter under the coatings.

We generally use lacquer thinner on a rag, with proper safety procedures and ventilation, wiping down, cleaning every square inch of paint surfaces first. Once dried, lacquer thinners allows the primers (latex or oil) to penetrate, bonding to the surface, than any thing else on the shelf at your local department store.

XIM Advanced Technology UMA®Brand White

UMA advanced technology has both primer and adhesive-like properties. A quick drying, white bonding primer / sealer that provides excellent adhesion. Can be tinted. for tough-to-paint surfaces: glass, tile, Formica, metals, many plastics, wood and other construction materials including Kynar® and silicone polyester pre-coated siding.

In Closing

Hope you've enjoyed reading this material, best of luck with your next cabinet painting job. Never have to worry about waffle batter ever again, no matter how much you sling batter! Like to hear from you with any comments below, and if you're in the Denver, CO. area, needing the top painting contractor, having over 40 years experience, Give Us a Call!   

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