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DIY Repainting/Resurfacing Kitchen Cabinets

Discussion in 'Renovation & Home Improvement' started by KoopaTroopa, 28th Sep, 2015.

  1. KoopaTroopa

    KoopaTroopa Active Member

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    Hello all,

    So my current project is to repaint or resurface all cabinet doors in my kitchen.

    The old colour scheme is drab, from 15 years ago....light brown "wood grain" look, laminate doors. Black benchtop. RED (really dark orange) tiles!

    Anyway, so I'm using this product for the cabinet doors

    https://www.masters.com.au/product/100800081/flood-tile-laminate-paint-white-1l

    It doesn't need any primer, you just use the paint on the doors after they are cleaned and sanded.

    I've done about 12 doors now, and recently have some funky finishes on 2 of the doors....was hoping someone here could shed some light as to WHY it's happening.

    Is it the way I'm painting? (Using a small roller, short-hair, under advice from Masters staff)

    Is it the paint itself?

    Why would door 3 look good, but not door 1 or 2? (see attachments...)
    door1.jpg door2.jpg door3.jpg

    I'm very curious as to why this is happening...I don't want to have to keep redoing these 2 doors, resanding, etc...
     
  2. Jess Peletier

    Jess Peletier Mortgage Broker - Australia Wide Business Member

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    Did you read the reviews? Seems pretty common with this product unfortunately.
     
  3. KoopaTroopa

    KoopaTroopa Active Member

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    Thanks but those reviews don't say why 2 out of 12 look like that...!

    I still think it could be something ***I*** am doing that causes it! :(
     
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    Better to use the White Knight product. No help as to why you got that result sorry.
     
  5. bob shovel

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    I used white knight in my caravan. Worked well.
    Was the temp different with each coat?
     
  6. WestOz

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    At a guess..
    Something was on/in the surface prior to painting.
    Were those two doors located next to each other in an area they'd be more exposed to different conditions, i.e. heat from cooking, oils, something that may have penetrated the surface etc (like skin pores)?

    Failing that, the only other time I've seen that happen is when two much paint has been applied.

    Try smoothing it back with a orbital sander and have another go, failing that it will be a strip back, start from scratch.
     
  7. KoopaTroopa

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    Not to my knowledge, first coat outside temp was around 15C. Second coat 20C.

    Thanks for this, very interesting.

    Yes those two doors are closest to the cooktop and oven...the other "successful" doors are all away from the cooktop and sink.

    Ok I'll also try slightly less paint.

    I've already resigned myself to wasting time sanding it back and giving it another coat, but just wanted some ideas as to why it was happening to try to avoid it happening again.

    Thanks!
     
  8. bob shovel

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    Direct sunlight might not help, if that differed
     
  9. Azazel

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    Could be some sort of oil as mentioned.
    You might be able to sand it back and use something like ESP to prep it first, but that might not work if the surface isn't 'clean' either.
     
  10. Nicho32

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    I recently repainted my laminate kitchen cabinets and didn't use a traditional laminate paint. Instead I sanded the cabinets, applied a primer then used regular trim paint. Finally I applied a protective finish with a product called Polycrylic. Overall I am quite happy with the result although the process was a little time consuming.
     
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  11. Gman22

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    Even though the paint is dry it might not be cured. So exposing uncured paint to high heat can often mean you have the finish you do in the pics. That or you applied a second coat when the first wasn't fully dry.
     
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    Thanks for this. However I don't this is the cause of my issue. The second coat was done a full 7 days after the first coat. And in both cases the temperature was less than 20C.

    I'll keep this in mind for the warmer days coming up though.
     
  13. Gman22

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    I meant heat from the oven not the weather.
     
  14. Arms

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    its got nothing to do with heat from anywhere ,someone down the line has coated the doors with some sort of substance and the paint cant key to the substrate .let it dry completely than sand back to below the original surface ,prime then paint .
     
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    Maybe but you would think that sanding would have got rid of it
     
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    there is sanding and there is more sanding .buff sanding does nothing to rid the panel of any impurities that have been applied over the life . true sanding will take the full topcoat off to offer a virgin board for recoating
     
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  17. KoopaTroopa

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    I dunno what the difference in process is between my first 10 doors - which all turned out really well - vs the 2 bad doors.

    The process hasn't changed.

    1. Remove existing door off cupboard
    2. Clean with Tile&Laminate cleaning solution
    3. Wipe thoroughly
    4. Dry twice with paper towel
    5. Sand with fine sandpaper
    6. Apply paint with roller

    The only difference with these 2 "****" doors is that they came from the cupboard closest to the oven.

    I've spent the past week using a paint scraper to scrape back a lot of the bumps and stuff, then will sand it back again to be as smooth to the touch as I can get it. Then will retry with thinner layers of paint.

    I'll be doing it indoors too. We'll see if there's improvement.