How do you finish closet cabinetry in white?

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01-22-2013 08:42 PM

I was thinking I could use some Zinsser BIN shellac topcoated with some kind of clear poly or lacquer to finish some closet cabinetry. Target Coatings EM6000 came to mind as a finish.

I previously used Sherwin Williams Pro Classic waterborne acrylic latex on top of BIN shellac to finish built-ins. I had great results, but I really want something more durable for something that is going to get more wear on it like this closet.

How do you finish white closet cabinetry?

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#1 posted 01-22-2013 09:14 PM

If these are new cabinets and you have a choice, use a Thermofused Melamine Panel and edgebanding.
Real clean, no fuss, no muss. Water resistant and fairly durable.

If these are existing cabinets or made of Particle Board or MDF, find a good white primer and then apply a topcoat finish. I prefer Precatalyzed Lacquers myself.

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#2 posted 01-22-2013 10:45 PM

If this is MDF I’d just leave it with the BIN primer. It’s shellac…which is a pretty durable finish and will likely wear better than latex. It’s also a closet, which doesn’t have to look great, IMO.

-- jay,

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#3 posted 01-23-2013 12:50 AM

It’s cabinetry I’m building out of 3/4” import B2 birch. I wouldn’t think the BIN would be sufficient woth constantly opening and closing drawers which is why I was asking about a clear coat. Maybe I can just go with Polycrylic?

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#4 posted 01-23-2013 01:09 AM

If you’re going to paint them, then paint them with paint. I like Benjamin Moore’s Satin Imprevo for cabinets and trim. It’s a soft luster and is pretty durable. Sand and clean between coats, use a high quality brush or spray it, do about 3 or 4 coats for extra durability.

Of course, there are other premium quality oil based paints.. Benjamin Moore just happens to be what my supplier carries. Also you may prefer a high gloss finish… all just a matter of preference. But I’d recommend a high quality oil based trim pain for painted cabinets.

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#5 posted 01-23-2013 01:16 AM

Tha ks for the suggestions. Trying to stay with waterborne. Except for BIN which I can stand.

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#6 posted 01-23-2013 01:20 AM

We painted all of our trim, cabinets, windows, etc in our house with latex enamel from Sherwin Williams. Came out great and according to the guys at the store it is supposed to be the most durable thing, but since it hasn’t been down that long i don’t know for sure

-- It's made of wood. Real sturdy.--Chubbs Peterson

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