Cabinet Paint Recommendations/Feedback

kwissieAugust 22, 2010

I'm planning on painting some cabinets that are currently a honey maple color. As I plan to do this myself I would love some feedback on what I'm thinking about using.

Plan on spraying with a compressor/HVLP gun using CoverStain Primer and then Insl-X Cabinet Coat (x2 coats). Not sure if I need a sealer/top coat.




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Lori A. Sawaya

Cabinet Coat does not need a sealer. Good luck with the project!

    Bookmark   August 29, 2010 at 1:03AM
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This is EXACTLY what I plan to do. I plan to use BIN, shellac based primer and Cabinet Coat paint, brushing the bases and using the HVLP to spray the doors and drawers.

I am concerned about how the BIN will do in the HVLP, and if I can thin it effectively, as well as the short open time of both while brushing...

How did this work out for you, kwissie? Does anyone else have any tips using this method/these mediums?

    Bookmark   October 26, 2010 at 1:29PM
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I have never sprayed BIN or used an HVLP, but the BIN product itself is very thin will likely not need to thin it.

    Bookmark   October 26, 2010 at 8:35PM
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Thanks paintguy! I've been reading the boards for the last few days and see alot of helpful posts from you. Can you answer another question for me? I went to my local ACE today looking for Cabinet Coat, and they don't carry it. They do, however, have both Ace cabinet, door and trim, as well as BM Waterbourne Satin Impervo. Which would you recommend for my application?

    Bookmark   October 26, 2010 at 9:20PM
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I just painted my cabinets, and they look amazing (thanks to previous advice on this forum). Here were my steps (in a nutshell). I couldn't sand, as I was worried about old lead paint (and they still look fantastic):

1. Clean surface with a mixture of h20, rubbing alcohol, and a little bit of vinegar (recipe found here on this forum).

2. BIN primer, brushed and rolled on. (This primer rocks my world.)

3. Benjamin Moore Waterbased Satin Impervo (Decorator's White), using a 4" velour roller, and then brushing out the finish immediately after (to avoid a stippled effect).

Just an FYI, the Satin Impervo has held up really well, I love it. But you do have to be fast if you're going to brush over it. But it's worth it to do it that way, imo.

I love my paint job, it's just the ugly window trim next to it that I now need to attack.

I have a 16 month old and a 6 year old, so I just don't have any time to do it!!!! Ugh.

Good luck!


    Bookmark   October 27, 2010 at 1:16AM
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Take a look at these steps for painting cabinets.

Here is a link that might be useful: Six Steps

    Bookmark   October 27, 2010 at 5:35AM
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