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Painting 1920's kitchen cabinets

I have a home with "custom" built-in kitchen cabinets. I painted them however the paint won't stick. I have sanded the crap out of them and there is still some kind of gloss on them that I am going to assume these were somehow dipped in oil or something. I am so frustrated and don't know what else to do. They are hideous in color,,not to mention different type woods so they don't match, and can't afford to replace my cabinets at this time. Does anyone know why the paint won't stick and if there is a fix?

Re: Painting 1920's kitchen cabinets

Kilz primer works best as a barrier to oil paint.

Re: Painting 1920's kitchen cabinets

Try a "deglosser" which you can get at any paint store, apply it according to instructions. It's pretty potent so prepare for that and be sure to protect anything it may get on, including your skin. This will cut through oils and evaporate quickly, hopefully taking the oils with it. If it's working the surface will appear dull, not shiny, when you're done. Then use an oil-based primer such as Kilz original or Zinnser and try again.

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