Painting Pressboard Cabinets

I have kitchen pressboard cabinets that have a white plastic like covering. All of the plastic is cracking and when I peel it back it is press board, how do I go about painting these cabinets instead of replacing them?

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By janai_marie from Galliano, LA

August 7, 20090 found this helpful

I would use an oil based primer for the first coat and then an oil based paint for the coat of your color.

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August 7, 20090 found this helpful

I agree with lorraina, but I think they should be sanded first to help the primer adhere better.

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August 7, 20090 found this helpful

I'm not sure this will hold up for very long, given the cabinets you're starting with. Is there a way to add a wood veneer on top of the cabinets? More work, but it would last longer.

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November 16, 20090 found this helpful

Hi, Our rental apt bathroom cabinet was made of that stuff too. It was pressboard, but had plastic over it that was falling off. I peeled off the loose plastic completely to expose the pressboard. It had a decorative plastic edge that stayed on so I left that there and I lightly sanded the cabinet and plastic parts. Then I used 2 coats of primer on them, and painted it white. I used Kils primer and white latex paint and that's it. That was 2 years ago and it still looks great.

Just make sure you prime all the exposed areas of the pressboard so water doesn't get on the wood.

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