Home>Discussions>KITCHENS>Refinishing Kitchen Cabinets
15 posts / 0 new
Last post
Re: Refinishing Kitchen Cabinets

I have read that sanding & cleaning and then using an automotive spray paint primer works really well. Supposedly it's around $5 per can like spray paint and bonds to anything, then pain the cabinets the color of your choosing.

dj1
Re: Refinishing Kitchen Cabinets
dj1
Andover wrote:

I have read that sanding & cleaning and then using an automotive spray paint primer works really well. Supposedly it's around $5 per can like spray paint and bonds to anything, then pain the cabinets the color of your choosing.

They call it automotive paint for a reason: it's for automotive use, not for wood cabinets.

Apply on wood, I can foresee cracking and chipping.

Mastercarpentry
Re: Refinishing Kitchen Cabinets
Mastercarpentry
dj1 wrote:

They call it automotive paint for a reason: it's for automotive use, not for wood cabinets.

Apply on wood, I can foresee cracking and chipping.

You are a visionary because that is exactly what will happen- I've see it myself when an auto-body guy redid his kitchen using left-overs from his shop. Crazing, gatoring, full length finish cracking, doors warping- all caused by using the wrong stuff. Wood and metal are two different critters and each has different needs so treat them accordingly.

Phil

MichaelInOr
Re: Refinishing Kitchen Cabinets
MichaelInOr

I wouldn't use auto body paint on kitchen cabinets but Bondo auto body filler is fantastic for filling imperfections, dents and dings in wood before painting! I have used Bondo often. 15 years ago I made a shelf in my laundry room to raise my washer and dryer 2' off the floor. I made the shelf with a frame out of 2 x 4 fir that I jointed and planed to a consistant thickness then inset 3/4" marine grade plywood into the frames to form shelves that looked 1 1/2" thick. I filled in all the joints and gaps with Bondo and sanded before painting. After 15 years of the washing machine running on top of the shelf with many an unbalanced load there is not a single crack in the paint.

I also used Bondo to fill in screw holes and inperfections in my kitchen remodel. I refaced my oak cabinets with maple veneer and replaced all the doors with new maple doors. I personally don't care for painted kitchens. The Bondo kept all the imprefections from telescoping through the veneer and nobody has ever guessed my kitchen was refaced.

I always buy the best paint Ican find reguardless of price. Bahr oil based paint is an excellent paint for wood work. It holds on to the wood very well if you prep the surface properly and gives a very nice tough finish. I would NEVER use $10 a gallon paint for any project that would ever be seen. When Irefurbished a fire damaged house 25 years ago I paid more than $10 a gallon for mixed left over paint to paint the smoke covered joists and under sides of subflooring that would never be seen (After a layer of oil based Kilz). If you are going to chaep out on paint don't bother doing the project. It will just look worse that original in 6 months.

Pages

Sponsored Stories

TV Listings

Find TV listings for This Old House and Ask This Old House in your area.