Can You Just Paint Over Cabinets?

Though it might be tempting to grab the paint and brush and dive straight in, it’s always best to make sure that you properly prepare the surface of your cabinets before painting it, regardless of whether you have wood, resin, or even plastic cabinets.

A paint primer will be able to create a smooth and unified base for the paint to on, while also helping to ensure that the paint is able to adhere itself correctly.

Can you just paint over cabinets

The type of primer that you should use will depend on what type of surface you’re painting, and you should make sure that you are using the right primer, otherwise, it might mean that the paint will not be able to dry properly.

To make things easier, you could always opt for a universal primer that is suitable for all types of surfaces, though keep in mind that, if you are painting a wood surface, you will need to use a wood primer.

If you were to skip this step and simply paint directly on the surface of your cabinets, there is a strong chance that the paint will not be able to bond itself properly to the surface, which could lead to peeling, bubbling, and a non-uniform color.

This is because any cracks and imperfections on the surface will not have been filled in by the primer, while also having a lower adhesive/bonding ability.

Besides using a primer, you should also consider sanding down your cabinets prior to painting, especially if you’re working with materials such as laminate or wood.

Bumps and ridges in wooden surfaces can be very noticeable once painted over and can cause there to be gaps and unevenness in the finished paint job.

Should you paint cabinets with a brush or roller?

If you’re preparing to take on a large painting job, then one of the first things you might wonder is what type of painting tool will be best for your cabinets.

Besides picking a new color and choosing which primer you’ll need, another important aspect of ensuring that you end up with a professional-quality finish is by ensuring that you use the right tools.

Generally speaking, there isn’t a right or wrong answer – especially if you’re torn between using either a brush or roller.

Though choosing to brush on paint may seem like the best option because it is the most traditional way of painting, using a brush will be more time-consuming, and could even cause you to develop arm and wrist strain, particularly if you are planning on painting more than one cabinet.

What’s more, choosing to use a paintbrush may also mean that you end up with a lower quality result, as it’s very difficult to use a brush and not leave any brush strokes.

For these reasons, many people find that it’s better to use a small or medium-sized roller to paint over their cabinets, as it helps to speed the overall process up, while also ensuring that the paint is able to apply more evenly to a larger portion of the surface.

Choosing to paint your cabinet with a roller will also reduce the chance of you developing any hand or wrist strain, as they often come with ergonomic handles and require less movement to use.

However, that’s not to say that you should forego the use of a paintbrush entirely, because many people like to combine the two types of tools together and use them for different areas of the cabinet.

After you have painted the cabinets with your roller, you could then go in with a paintbrush and fill in any hard-to-reach areas, or fill in tricky areas that require the control of a hand, and a smaller tool.

How can I paint laminate cabinets without sanding?

The great thing about laminate is that it is made to have a smooth surface that is almost shiny in appearance.

For this reason, it means that it almost always won’t require the need for sanding in the way that other types of wood surfaces might, but that doesn’t mean that you’ll be able to skip proper preparation!

Before you begin painting your laminate surface, you should first take the time to clean it with a lint-free cloth and your choice of cleaning product (many people like to use a white spirit).

It’s very important that you remember to complete this first step, as it means that you’ll be able to get rid of any dirt, debris, and oil that is present on the surface of the laminate which could potentially cause the paint to bubble or lift.

The next step will be to then prime your squeaky clean laminate.

Like we mentioned above, laminate is shiny and smooth, which means that it’s going to need some help in getting the paint to properly adhere to it, which is where a primer comes in handy.

Apply one to two coats of laminate paint primer to the surface and allow it to dry. This will ensure that your paint will be able to bond to the laminate, while also preventing any bubbling, peeling, or cracking.

After it has dried, you will then be able to go ahead and begin painting, being sure to properly ventilate the area to rid your kitchen of any fumes.

What happens if you don’t sand cabinets before painting?

Sanding your cabinets down will help to smooth out the texture, which is ideal for those who want to achieve a flawless finish.

Generally speaking, it’s not always a requirement for cabinets to be sanded prior to painting, especially if they feel smooth to the touch or brand new – so don’t feel as though you absolutely need to in order to achieve a professional-quality paint job.

The only time you will likely find that you need to sand your cabinets prior to painting is if they are in a bad condition (very scratched or with chips) as this unwanted texture could cause the paint to appear messy, uneven and even prevent it from adhering properly to the surface.

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