How To Sand Wood Cabinets For Painting
Kitchens are work areas, so grease, steam, and food splatters are common. Before you begin sanding or painting, clean all of the surfaces to be repainted with a solution made from one part tri-sodium phosphate and four parts water. Rinse, but do not soak the cabinets. Allow them to dry thoroughly.
Sand down all surfaces (doors as well as the inside of the cabinetry) that will be painted using a medium-grit sandpaper or a hand sander. Using the hand sander, it took about 15 minutes to sand all surfaces in this project, versus the couple of hours it would have taken to do by hand. 8.
MATERIALS FOR PAINTING CABINETS. Paint Brush- use a 3″ angled trim brushWood filler- fill in any nail holes or dents beforehand for an even finish Primer and Paint- use a cabinet paint (see why I recommend Benjamin Moore Cabinet Paint here). Smart Prime by Zinnsser was my favorite but it has been discontinued) Bullseye 1-2-3 is the current replacement I recommend along with Sherwin
Working from top to bottom, apply the paint to the cabinet exterior across the grain, then tip it off with the grain. For the cabinet interior, apply the paint with a smooth-surface mini roller, which leaves a slightly bumpy, orange-peel texture. Between coats, sand the surfaces lightly, making sure to clean up the debris afterwards. 8.
The key here is to sand some of the existing finish off and roughen up the surface so the primer sticks, but you don't need to get the whole finish off (unless you're staining your cabinets-then you need to take all the old stain or paint off). When I say some of the finish, I don't mean a little bit here and there.
DO SAND THE CABINETS To create a strong bond between the paint and your cabinet, you'll need to roughen up the slick laminate with the help of a gritty companion: sandpaper. (For better coverage of