Spray Painting kitchen Cabinets

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How to Spray Coat a Set of  Kitchen Cabinets

A new paint job can bring back the original appearance of your tired, worn kitchen cabinets. Detailed and careful preparation is your key to effectively Professional Spray Painting kitchen Cabinets

Tools Needed

Sanding block

Paint applicator

High Volume Low Pressure Paint Sprayer

Steel wool

Fine grit sandpaper

Tack cloth


Difficulty: Hard


  • Painter tape
  • Primer sealer
  • Trisodium phosphate TSP
  • Denatured alcohol
  • Semi-gloss paint

Tip: Paint Sprayer vs Spray Cans

It is tempting to choose spray paint cans and utilize them in place of a paint sprayer. Without the need of buying a paint sprayer, you’re able to begin the job of painting the cabinets in your kitchen with sturdy modified alkyd paint usually available in various colors. However, this is just a practical option for a kitchen cabinet or three since 1 can of spray paint can only cover 20 square feet at an expense higher than with canned paint.

As an alternative to painting entire kitchen cabinets, you must rent, borrow or buy a paint sprayer. It doesn’t matter if you utilize the reasonable paint sprayer in cup style or the expensive one which draws straight from paint can; these are cheaper than utilizing spray cans.

Cabinet Before and After


Evaluate the Job

There is also need of getting rid of the old cost when sanding. All you have to do is to abrade the surface to give the fresh coat with a clean, firm base for superior adhesion. Pay close attention to worn out and damaged parts of the old finish that usually catches the most application. Make sure to sand gleaming parts to de glaze remaining old finish. Obstinate or stubborn finishes might need rubbing with fine steel wool and denatured alcohol.

In case the old finish is peeling or coming loose in place, it only shows that the old paint didn’t adhere very well to the surface. Usually, this is because of greasy or moisture residue that gets under the layer of the coat or into the material itself that can be anticipated in this part of your home.

Sand these parts to expose wood and spot prime using a stain killing sealer or primer prior to repainting. Every time you sand down to expose wood, attempt to “feather” or try to mix the frames where the previous finish meets the lumber so the fresh coat will lay even, and the edges of the pain will be unnoticeable in the new coat.

Clean The Surface

Carefully remove the dust from the wood surface or you can use a vacuum cleaner for a quick job. In case you own a pneumatic air compressor, utilize high pressure air to propel the sanding dust out of molding details and crevices. Clean the areas need to be coated using a tack cloth. This will help in eliminating remaining sanding dust or residue.

Use Primer-Sealer

Apply primer sealer to the wood surfaces to ensure well finished coat. Ensure that the sealer is coated evenly. Primer sealer reduces call for sanding and deglazing old coat before repainting. Another benefit of using a primer sealer is it gives a good foundation for water based, semigloss paint. Before a high gloss enamel paint was the preferred coating for cabinets as its resists moisture and stains and is also easy to clean and maintain. However, water based finish is easy to apply and give an equally amazing and durable finish.

Coat the Kitchen Cabinets

Begin by coating the inside borders and face frames openings, then the outer sides of the cabinet and lastly the face frame. This step allows you work fast in less critical parts and allow you notice and correct smudges or drips on visible parts.

Then paint the fronts of the drawers and cabinet doors, together with separate moldings and wood pieces. Once these areas have routed or elevated features make sure to flow the cost into corners and crevices, but never allow it to gather in these parts.

When painting, make sure to apply the paint in light, thin coats, and ensure that it covers all parts. Thin coat leaves less visible brushstrokes. It also dries quickly. Never overwork the paint brush and keep in mind that many strokes of paint brushes make bubbles in the coat, leaving pits and bumps once it dries. The paint will dry in 4 hours between coats.

Once dry, re-sand the surface carefully for the second coating. Remove the sanding dust using a tack cloth and then re coat. If you are using high quality paint, two coats is enough, however you might add another coat as cabinets takes so much punishment from Kitchen cabinets made of metal, wood-laminate and wood normally can be re-coated with ease. Plastic laminate kitchen cabinets resist over coating- those which can be refinished over and over again need special techniques and paints and results can differ.

Spray Painting Kitchen Cabinets Drawers and Front Doors

Cabinet drawers and front doors can be painted with ease, but woodwork that has routed profiles, elevated panels and other complex architectural detailing will need time to prepare and paint. In case the woodwork is bent, warped or twisted, badly damaged or worn, or already detached at the fastened joint, it is highly advisable to purchase new but plain drawers and doors and coat them together with your existing cabinets.

When it comes to painting, there are many applicator options to choose from. You can choose from brushing, rolling or spraying with either a synthetic or natural bristle brush. You can also use a foam brush for more detailed results. All the applicators available have their pros and cons, so pick the best one that is suited to the number of the cabinet to be recoated and your own method of working. Bear in mind that the most reliable applicator will depend on the finish or paint you choose.

Take Away Cabinets Doors and the Hardware

Start the repainting process by means of taking away the drawers, cabinet doors and get rid of the hardware including the latches, knobs, pulls and other small parts. Put the screws and other hardware in a clean plastic bag and store it in a place where they can be located easily if you are ready to rebuild everything.

For stress free reconstructing of cabinets, number every door and the corresponding spot as you detach them. Avoid mixing up or the hinges might not line up appropriately once you reinstall them. If you’re coating just the facades of the drawer, you will not need to eliminate the linked slides. If you need to eliminate the slides, number them and their spots or positions as well.


Step 2: Clean Surfaces

A kitchen is a work area, therefore steam; grease as well as food splatter is very common. Prior to starting the painting or sanding, make sure that the surfaces are cleaned properly. When the surface applies a TSP mix with water. Rinse and make sure you don’t soak the kitchen cabinets. Leave and let them dry carefully.


Step 3: Sand

Sand the cabinet doors lightly on all faces and sides. To avoid rounding above the edges of the wood, it is highly advisable to utilize a sanding block intended for wood. If the repainting job is only a facelift for your kitchen cabinets, sanding is not advisable. All you have to do is paint the interior of your cabinets, use painter’s tape to mask off the inside for a precise and clean finish. Simply sand the façade and noticeable edges of your cabinet face frames.