There is spray paint just for metal - or you could even take them down, sand them well & take them to an auto paint place for them to paint them! (Also works for appliances, I am told.) (12/05/2006)
It is best to remove the cabinets and paint them elsewhere otherwise you will have paint mist all through the house. If you are going to be doing this your self:
1.Remove the hardware.
2.Wash the cabinets with a detergent soap to clean off all the grease and stains that have accumulated over time.
3.Scuff the surface with a fine sandpaper.
4.Determine what type of paint to use,flat or glossy,oil or water base.
When I worked as a Resident Manager for a home, I observed the maintenance man lightly sand a metal oven, mask off the chrome parts, then use an epoxy
"appliance spray paint" and it looked absolutely lovely, nearly professional.
The trick is to lightly coat it once, then lightly coat it a second time, rather than to try to cover it all the first coat! AND be sure to cover all other items in the kitchen and floor with clear plastic drop cloths to prevent over spray/drift. With ANY paint, USE PLENTY OF VENTILATION and turn off the pilot lights to anything gas, such as hot water heater/gas dryer/gas central heat/gas heaters, etc. until well dried.
If you can take them down, move them out, paint them inside a garage, instead, even though a paint/body shop would do well, it will COST, believe me. I'd try it myself first, and make certain you've cleaned and roughed up the finish, then wiped all dust off. Use
fine steel wool or fine wet sand paper.
BUT make certain it's VERY DRY before painting. THEN, if you make any mess or are unhappy with the color, take them to a paint/body shop. They do their own THING, regardless, and charge for it. If the cabinets are RETRO, made in the 50's, with rounded edges, consider a fresh WHITE enamel. But, you can use most any color ranging from deep blue, black, red, yellow, or even dark green, or brown.
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