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Sheen on painted cabinets

Posted by meek95 (My Page) on
Tue, Feb 12, 13 at 0:00

We are going with painted white cabinets but need to decide on the gloss level. Can anyone make a recommendation on satin finish vs. semi-gloss?

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RE: Sheen on painted cabinets

We have satin. I think it's enough shine and shows less than semi-gloss...

Mine aren't really paint though. The cab maker sprayed a catalyzed lacquer and then clear over it.

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RE: Sheen on painted cabinets

My cabinet maker does what he calls a #40 or a #60 sheen for a less shiny finish. I saw a kitchen at the Mart that had such a high gloss on it, that it looked like plastic. Did not like that at all.

RE: Sheen on painted cabinets

Mine are satin, painted with BM Satin Impervo Waterborne. I love the subtle glow they have without being shiny.

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RE: Sheen on painted cabinets

Thanks for the pics and info. Ours will be lacquered also, the cabinet maker mentioned a 40 finish. Most of the photos I see seem to be a satin finish (I definitely do not want a high gloss). There are some days I just don't want to make another decision. Next up is plywood vs. melamine boxes/shelves. You two have some beautiful cabinets, I hope mine look as nice. Fishies, I've been admiring your reveal. You definitely put a lot of thought into your kitchen.

RE: Sheen on painted cabinets

Less sheen the better- we use 35 sheen in our lacquer and by the time all of the coats are on it looks perfect. Not too shiny.

RE: Sheen on painted cabinets

BrezzyGirl - Were your cabinets sprayed or brushed? Did you do them onsite? Do you see any brush marks?



RE: Sheen on painted cabinets

Hi Jeri. My cabs were sprayed before arrival. My cab maker's painter gave us a sample door in the color we first considered where she brushed the paint. The look was horrible--I think my then 4-year old could have done better. She claimed it was just a quick sample to show the color, but we didn't take the chance. Now, I worry about how it will look touching up the couple of little nicks I have in the paint. I love the cleanly sprayed, perfect finish they are now.

I spoke with a woman a couple of weeks ago who saw my kitchen on GW and is hiring my cab maker. My cab maker gave her my phone number so I could act as a reference. She mentioned that my cab maker is now using a cat lacquer finish instead of actual paint. That will hold up better, but it's too late for my kitchen. At least my upcoming family room built-ins will be lacquered.

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