Paint melamine cabinets by removing hardware, sanding the surface, applying primer and painting the cabinets. Painting the melamine brings new life to older, worn cabinets.
- Remove the hardware
Remove any drawer pulls, knobs and hinges from the cabinets. Set the doors and drawers aside, and work on them separately.
- Prepare the surface
Sand all surfaces with 220-grit sandpaper. Roughing up the melamine with sandpaper allows the primer and paint to adhere to the surface for a long-lasting finish. If painting the cabinet interiors, sand these surfaces. Use a vacuum to remove dust created by sanding. Wipe all surfaces with a tack cloth to remove any fine sanding debris.
- Prime the cabinets
Apply the primer, following the manufacturer's directions. Pay particular attention to the drying time for the primer, as it can take up to two weeks for some primers to dry. Allowing the required drying time reduces the scratches that show through the finish coat.
- Apply the paint
Apply at least two coats of finish paint to the cabinets. Allow the first coat to dry before applying the second. Apply the paint using a roller or a foam brush for the smoothest finish. Remove any drips using a single-edge razor blade to slice away the paint. Sand the surface smooth, and apply touch-up paint if necessary.