Paint Not Sticking To Particle Board Cabinets?

I painted the sides of our island, over the laminate/particle board that is made to look like the cabinets. First I tried sanding it and painting and it would not work, the paint wasn't holding in some places. Then I tried liquid sander. That seemed to work, but some spots of paint are still wiping right off. Is there any hope to fix this? I put more liquid sander on and painted over it again but I don't know what else to do. I looks great, but I'm afraid one scuff of a shoe is going to take the paint right off. Thanks!


S from Indiana

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By (Guest Post)
May 20, 20080 found this helpful

You need to sand it down and use primer then paint.

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By jojo (Guest Post)
May 20, 20080 found this helpful

When I painted my laminate kitchen cabinets, I first sanded them, then applied a coat of LAMINATE PRIMER to the surfaces. The primer provides a base for the laminate paint to adhere to. After the primer had dried I applied a coat of laminate paint. When the 1st coat of paint had dried, the surfaces were given a very light sand and a 2nd coat of laminate paint was applied.
I think laminate primer is the main ingredient here. Hope any of this info. helps. Good luck with solving your problem :)

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By melissa (Guest Post)
May 20, 20080 found this helpful

Did you use primer? Theres a great primer called kilz that you apply before you paint. Its worth a shot. Good luck.

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May 21, 20080 found this helpful

Thanks so much! I did NOT prime...which is the problem. I paint things all the time and know better not to, but thought the massive amount of sanding I was doing would be enough.


I guess not! I am glad to know there is a laminate primer, I will use that if the paint doesn't stick. In most places it seems fine, but time will tell.

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By (Guest Post)
May 23, 20080 found this helpful

Sounds like you have the solution to your problem with the other posts. I wanted to say that I absolutely love your floors. What product is on your floors? Great island too.

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By S (Guest Post)
May 24, 20080 found this helpful

Thank you! The floors are actually Pergo laminate floors in a cherry. They hold up to EVERYTHING.

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March 10, 20090 found this helpful

There's more than one type of primer. For old wood that has mildew on it, there's blocking primer: nothing comes through it, not mildew, not bold colors, nothing. For painting over old oil based paint, there's bonding primer: it bonds tenaciously to anything - slick surfaces, gritty surfaces, anything.


You may have best luck with the bonding primer in this situation.

Probably every paint line has primers - I got our bonding primer from Sherwin Williams - but the contractor who worked on our house generally uses Kilz mildew blocker for repairs and renovations.

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