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How to Paint Cupboards With Vinyl Wrap

Updated April 17, 2017

Once in a while, every kitchen is in need of a little fashion update. Installing new cabinets can be time-consuming, inconvenient and hard on your wallet in the end. You can update your kitchen's look by painting your vinyl cupboards, adding a blast of colour for freshness. You'll need to pick up some products from your local home improvement store, like a primer engineered to stick to plastics and vinyl. But with a patient hand, you can have a new look.

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  1. Scrub away dirt and grime from the cupboard with a cotton rag or scrub sponge soaked in warm water and mild soap or dish detergent. Stains don't need to be removed, but surface dirt and sticky substances must be removed.

  2. Lightly sand cupboard with 220-grit sandpaper to create a rough surface for paint and primer to properly stick to.

  3. Clean away scrubs and dirt from sanding with a tack cloth so these particles will not damage the final look of your paint job.

  4. Prime the cleaned cupboard with a primer that adheres to plastics, such as Aqualock. Apply a single coat with a stiff paintbrush, and allow this coat to dry for about an hour or to the touch. Apply a second coat and let this coat dry for a few hours. For best results, let it dry overnight.

  5. Paint your cabinets with an acrylic latex paint in a colour and finish of your choice using a foam brush or roller for a clean finish. You may also use an electric paint sprayer, which can leave you with a clean, smooth finish. Multiple coats may be necessary. Let each coat dry for about three hours before applying a new one.

  6. Tip

    You may want to remove hardware from the cupboard before painting.


    Prime and paint outside if possible. The fumes can be very strong, especially from the Aqualock.

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Things You'll Need

  • 220-grit sandpaper
  • Tack cloth
  • Cotton rag or sponge
  • Mild dish soap
  • Stiff-bristle paintbrush
  • Primer (made for plastics, such as Aqualock)
  • Acrylic latex paint
  • Foam brush or roller

About the Author

Darren White

Darren White is a third-year student studying photography and art history at Haverford College. Raised in the Philadelphia area, he has followed its art scene for some time, which has influenced his column, The Fashion File, that he writes for the "Bi-Co News." He also writes, edits and photographs for Haverford's fashion magazine, "Feathers & Fur."

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