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Create new kitchen or bathroom cabinets STEP BY STEP

in 3 STEPS

1. Clean and Deglos

It is important to make your piece clean and to remove the shine from your piece for proper adhesion and achieve your smoothest finish.

Clean with a cleaning and deglosing solvent or wash with TriSodium Phosphate (TSP).     

(we recommend a light sand as well after cleaning to ensure good adhesion).


Trisodium Phosphate TSP

A non-sudsing powdered Trisodium Phosphate compound that is formulated for heavy duty cleaning. Preferred by painting and cleaning professionals for removing heavy deposits of greasy grime, smoke, soot stains and chalked paint from walls, woodwork and floors. Removes mildew and mildew stains when mixed with bleach. Also recommended for washing away paint remover sludge.

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2. Prime

Prime you piece to help with adhesion and to prevent bleeding of stains, either acids from the wood or stains from previous stain and finish look, from bleeding into your finishes and discoloring your piece.


Prime with a stain blocking primer.  A good water based stain blocking primer may block out stains if you let it dry enough and maybe give it a second coat but and oil based stain blocking primer is more certain to do the job.


Oil Based Primer


Acrylic (Water)Based Primer

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oil based paint

3. Finish

A good trim and cabinet enamel is recommended for this.  You want something the flows out, showing as little brush or roller marks as possible.  While at the same time you want a product that is durable for the hands on wear that you will get.  


Finish most often with a water based urethane acrylic.  However, the choices range from the old school oil based paints, to hybrid products such as alkyds (oils) emulsified in water, to 1oo% acrylic paints, to urethane acrylics.  Each with its own pluses and minuses.

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hybrid alkyd emulsified in water

urethane acrylic

100% acrylic

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