Latex High Gloss on Kitchen Cabinets: How to Begin

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Latex High Gloss on Kitchen Cabinets: How to Begin
Cover your cabinets with new high-gloss paint to create a fresh look. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Kitchen cabinets become worn and faded over time, needing a new coat of paint. This can be finished to a high gloss with certain paints. If you are considering painting over your cabinets, your first decision is to decide on the colour you want. Afterward, it is a matter of selecting durable-quality paint that will result in the shiny finish you are seeking.

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Things you need

  • Kitchen cleaner
  • Rags
  • Painters tape
  • Screwdriver
  • Sander
  • Oil based primer
  • Paintbrushes
  • Latex paint

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  1. 1

    Clean the cabinets with a grease removing cleaner and then rinse them off. Let them dry completely before proceeding.

  2. 2

    Remove the hardware with a screwdriver so that you can paint the doors lying down. This will help prevent drips.

  3. 3

    Sand the surface of the cabinets and doors to remove old paint. The primer will work better if the cabinets are a little rough.

  4. 4

    Apply tape on the walls around the cabinets to catch spills and splatters.

  5. 5

    Paint on a high-bonding oil-based primer to the surface. Oil-based primers dry harder and more durable, allowing for an overall more durable finish. Follow the grain of the wood with a paintbrush and get in all crevices. Let this dry overnight to ensure it is fully cured.

  6. 6

    Paint the cabinets with a latex paint, following the grain of the wood. Let this dry for a couple days, and then put on a second coat. The latex needs to cure for a couple weeks to truly harden to a durable surface.

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