Ace Cabinet & Trim Problems/Questions
I am in the process of painting my kitchen cabinets with Ace Cabinet & Trim Paint. Cabinets are Oak. I cleaned, deglossed, sanded, filled in the grain, sanded, primed with STIX, sanded, and painted one coat of Ace Cabinet & Trim tinted BM off white color.
First problem is that the first coat of cabinet paint took forever to dry. It was 72 hours before I could flip the doors and paint the back side. Second problem is that when I sanded the flat parts on the first door with 320 grit on my orbital sander, the paint came off to bare wood. This was odd because I sanded after the primer step with 220 grit on the same sander and the primer coat remained intact. Switched to a fine sanding block and it was a little better--but paint still coming off to bare wood on some edges. Finally found some 3M scotch brite type pads that work ok for the sanding, but it took forever to sand with this method. Third problem is that the paint is not coating too well, even before the sanding. I can't see any brush strokes or stipple marks, though, and am happy about that, but I think I will need 3-4 coats to finish the job. So I don't think the drying issue is caused by too thick coats.
What am I doing wrong? Seems wrong to not sand between coats, but should I skip this step? What can I do for them to dry faster? To coat better? Between the thin coverage, the paint coming off during sanding--thereby causing more coats to be needed--and the long dry time, I feel like I will still be painting these cabinets come Christmas. Please help!