Before painting laminate kitchen cabinets, prepare the cabinetry by cleaning any grease or dirt from it, and then sand it to create a paint-receptive surface. To prevent the final paint finish from chipping from the plastic surface, first apply a bonding primer to the prepared surface.
When removing hardware from cabinetry, label the pieces according to their specific cabinets, as one piece of hardware may not align correctly on a different cabinet.
Clean the cabinetry by wiping any large particles off the cabinet surface with a wet rag and then applying a chemical-based solvent to remove lingering film. DIYNetwork.com recommends wearing proper safety equipment, such as protective eyewear, gloves or a face mask, when using a caustic chemical cleaner.
When scuffing the surface of the plastic laminate, use a coarse-grit sandpaper before applying a primer. Certain paint manufacturers produce primers specifically formulated for laminate surfaces. ThisOldHouse.com advises using a spray primer, which creates a more even surface on laminate.
Because airborne grease and dirt often settle on kitchen cabinet surfaces, use an oil-based paint that is easier to clean than other paint finishes.
When applying multiple coats of paint, use a fine sandpaper between coats to ensure a smooth finish.