I am painting my kitchen cabinets. After I prime them can I use spray paint? Or should I stay with regular paint?
By memas from Mountain View, AR
Depends on the look you're going for. If you want the best, take the doors off their hinges, then go outside and spray them with regular latex or acrylic paint and an air compressor. If you don't have one, use a small foam roller, not a fluffy roller. The foam roller will leave less marks. Spray paint is enamel based and if you use it inside you'll need a quality face mask, a respirator, not just a surgical mask! It's better to stick with water based paint and stay away from oil based.
The oil paint will leave a nasty smell for weeks! Be sure to use a high-adhesive primer like Zinsser 123 or Gripper. I'd stay away from "Kilz" brand as I've had bad luck with it. If you decide to use a brush, choose a quality natural brush, it will leave less streaks than a nylon one.
The nicest cupboards I've ever seen were covered with a woven matting. In a natural color, then sealed with a water based varathine. They were really nice! (06/09/2009)
Preparation is key with kitchen cabinets, so make sure they are clean and dry. I would use a regular paint instead of a spray paint. You can easily get runs with spray paint and not see them until they are dry. Remove the doors and drawers so they are easier to paint. You can take them to a garage where you don't have to worry about being so neat. (08/16/2009)
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