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Posted by Henry in MI on January 23rd, 2003 08:21 AM
In reply to painting laminated kitchen cabinets by carol on January 22nd, 2003 05:27 PM [Go to top of thread]

The general subject of painting cabinets seems to be asked daily here. The problem is bonding the paint to the laminate. My feeling is that sanding the laminate alone is not enough since the cabinets normally take a lot of wear and tear over the years. There is a bonder that is available at automotive paint stores which is used for painting plastic body panels that is supposed to be good for this. I guess that we will not really know for another 20 years though, but it may be worth a shot.

After sanding and spraying the bonder, you can paint with a "wood background" kind of color. Your homeowner type paint store should be able to help you with this.

You use the same base color paint for painting metal doors to look like wood. When that is dry, you spread gel stain appropriately tomake it look liike wood. The store should have graining tools and veining tools and other goodies to help you make the cabinets look like wood. There is some art to this and the more that you practice with the gel stain to get it to look like wood, the better you will be at it on the cabinets. An old piece of drywall, painted with the base color, makes a good practice surface.

Your store should also have books on this process or you can check your library or home center for the books. It's generally the specialty paint stores that will have the supplies and knowledgeable staff on something like this. If you have any question about the cost of supplies, etc. for this project, check the price of cabinets and their quality at your home center.

Henry in MI

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