How Do You Paint Kitchen Cabinets Without Sanding?

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To prepare cabinets for painting, remove all doors, drawers and hardware. Wash the cabinets with trisodium phosphate, apply a liquid deglosser and apply a primer-sealer before painting to ensure the best adhesion of the paint. The process takes several days, as the cabinets need to dry after each step.

  1. Remove the cabinet hardware

    Use a cordless screwdriver to remove all the hinges. Remove the drawers from their slots and the pulls from the faces of the drawers. Remove any removable shelves and adjustable support brackets.

  2. Clean all surfaces

    Put on rubber gloves, and mix trisodium phosphate according to label directions. Wash all surfaces to remove any grease build-up.

  3. Deglaze the finish

    Use a paintbrush to apply liquid deglazer to all the surfaces you plan to paint. Read the instructions on the deglazing product to determine the amount of time to wait before applying the primer.

  4. Apply the primer

    Apply a single, light coat of primer to all the surfaces you plan to paint, and allow them to dry. Primer further reduces the need to sand the surfaces and improves the adherence of the new paint.

  5. Paint the cabinets

    Apply a thin coat of paint to each surface using a brush or a roller, and allow it to dry. Apply a second thin coat to each surface. Two thin coats reduce the chances of runs or drips.

  6. Reassemble the cabinets

    Return the shelf hardware and the shelves. Attach the drawer pulls. Reattach the doors to the hinges and the hinges to the cabinets.