How do you paint laminate cabinets?


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Paint laminate cabinets by removing cabinet doors and drawers, removing the hardware, cleaning the surfaces, sanding lightly, applying primer-sealer, and painting the cabinet surfaces. Materials needed include oil or acrylic-based paint, primer, degreaser, paintbrushes, sandpaper, tack cloth, gloves, screwdrivers, plastic bags for the hardware, and a vacuum. Try painting in an inconspicuous spot first to ensure that the paint adheres correctly.

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  1. Remove doors and hardware

    Remove doors, drawers and the hardware from all pieces with a screwdriver. Place hardware from each piece in separate bags inside the drawers or cabinets to locate easily later.

  2. Clean the cabinets

    Clean with degreaser or a 4-to-1 solution of water and tri-sodium phosphate. Rinse with water, and allow to dry.

  3. Prepare cabinet surfaces

    Lightly sand so paint adheres well. Place masking tape around the interior to avoid overpainting. Vacuum to remove dust particles.

  4. Apply primer, and paint the cabinets

    Apply primer-sealer evenly to all surfaces to be painted. Let dry, and then apply paint, beginning with frames and outer sides, painting cabinet faces last. Apply in thin coats, covering well. Allow paint to dry well for a minimum of 4 hours. Sand lightly after the first coat, and then use a soft cloth to remove dust particles. Apply a second coat of paint.

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