By Todd Sharrard. When refinishing kitchen cabinets the painting of base cabinetry refers to the refinishing of articles that cannot be removed and painted off site. In your standard kitchen this includes things such as the kick plates, gable ends, valance and crown mouldings; it can also refer to the painting of the stile and rail edge banding that surrounds each cabinet carcass.
This is our refined process for spray painting the on site portion of any kitchen cabinet refinishing project – your typical 30 to 45 piece kitchen will take two people about two days to go through this entire process (the on site work only). It is labour intense, yes very much but, the goal is to make the kitchen look not painted, but in fact constructed in the colour of choice. The gable end, crowns and valances may end up being the most visible elements of your kitchen cabinetry so they should be spray painted, just like the cabinet doors and drawers.
- cabinet carcass is the cabinet box or shell without its cabinet doors or drawers.
- the term rail is use to refer to the horizontal edge of a carcass or cabinet door
- stile is the vertical edge of the carcass or cabinet door
- carcasses can be frameless typically with european style hinges or have a face frame attached with overlay hinges.
Tools & Sundry List:
Beyond your standard painting tools and accessories these are the critical items i need for finishing base cabinets in your typical 45 piece kitchen.
- 3 stage or greater HVLP turbine sprayer or portable compressor based sprayer
- Good quality rosin paper or flooring paper
- Dnya Patch Pro (best for lacquer)
- 3m Easy Masker
- Blue Tape 1.5 inch 8 to 10 rolls.
- Paper Rolls or Plastic Rolls – 12 inch (used with 3M Easy Masker)
- 24 inch plastic painters flim
- Sharp Knife
- 400 / 320 / 240 Grit & 120 Grit * three stages of sanding and somewhere in that range but nothing less than 320 for the last coat
- red and grey finishing pads * these are optional but sure do help with sanding details and washing
Spray painting base cabinetry can be tricky, in fact its harder and more time consuming than painting the actual doors and drawers. The nature of task is difficult since the base cabinets have many intersecting points, corners and edges and most painting equipment wasn’t made to paint a 1/2 inch strip. All this translates into the perfect setting for a lot paint sags and the occasional holiday (missing a spot).
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