Painting Cabinet Doors – Painted cabinets have become very popular. Many owners of outdate houses and oak pickles that they want to get rid of and their paintings sound like an easy solution. In general, painting is not difficult, but to reach showrooms like a difficult finish. It is very difficult to achieve quality finishes on oak cabinets because of the fine grains and open pores. That is unique to oak trees, not to mention tannins (orange, green and brown stains). Which then requires the use of a solvent-based sealer. If oaks have high levels of tannin, it will be very difficult to eliminate problems, even with solvent-based primers.
Therefore, when painting cabinet doors, consider choosing darker colors like chocolate, espresso and black rather than lighter colors, like white. Darker colors do a good job of hiding fine grains, opening pores and tannin stains. And allowing you to avoid solvent-based sealers. If possible, before starting the project, make an example of using an old door or the back of the front drawer to ensure that you are satisfy with the end result. Most of the cabinets have been painted lately, especially those painted brighter like white, are in maple or birch. Maple and birch have a density (hardness) that is similar and free of problems found in oaks. And can provide very fine finish if apply correctly.
If your cupboard is maple or birch, you should get better results than an oak cabinet, regardless of the color used. Applying a coat of paint to any surface will make it look better for the time being. But how long will it take to make a new appearance and endure? To increase the longevity of the display cabinet and complete quality selection is very important. At present, a lot of paint finishes all-in-one (primer and combine paint). Although this is good for general use, we use primer-sealers and separate topcoat for our painted cabinet applications.
With all painting cabinet doors painted, especially maple cabinets, primary sealers or base layers are the most important components to improve endurance and water and chip resistance, a common problem found in painted paint layers. We have used many different primary sealers and found Stix, a Benjamin Moore product, to be the best. Stix is an eco-friendly acrylic urethane that is environmentally friendly, binds excellent sealants, even on shiny surfaces such as glass and tiles. Stix creates a very difficult solution that can be coate with many products.