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Sinceny
Painted Oak Cabinets
Sinceny

These cabinets were first painted with oil-base paint about 10 years ago and have been painted over at least 4 times (changed colors). The last 4 years (or so) a foggy film develops on the door surfaces and face frames. We've tried several methods of cleaning (soap/water, vinegar, windex, swifter pad, etc.) all to only a very short fix (few days to 1 week) swifter pad works best and is easy to do. Any suggestions short of replacing the cabinets? No animals, no fry cooking, non-smokers.

A. Spruce
Re: Painted Oak Cabinets
A. Spruce

If the cabinets are of good construction and in good condition, they may be worthy of refacing. Refacing generally includes veneering the face frames and replacement of the door/drawer fronts. Cost is significantly less than replacement because you are not removing anything and not replacing the counter top. There are companies that specialize in this sort of thing, however, a good tradesman should also be competent enough to handle the project as well.

Sinceny
Re: Painted Oak Cabinets
Sinceny

There is nothing wrong with the cabinets other than this fogginess that is constant. The cabinets were fine the first few years (or so) and we can clean the fog but it keeps returning. I think if we replace the cabinets we'll have the same problem with fogging. Could our bamboo flooring be off-gassing and causing the problem?

A. Spruce
Re: Painted Oak Cabinets
A. Spruce

It could be a paint issue, it could be an environment issue. You might take one of the doors to a paint dealer and see if they might be able to figure out which.

When you go, take a cabinet door, paint brand, how it was applied, i.e., with/without primer/type of primer, type of paint, i.e., true oil, latex, alkyd . . . Anything that will help identify the source of the problem.

IMHO, if it were the floor off-gassing, then your appliances and everything else would be covered in it too, but if it's only the cabinets and not the walls, trim, or other painted surfaces, then it's got to be something with how the cabinets were painted.

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