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Forum topic by Firefighter posted 02-03-2014 02:40 AM 1727 views 1 time favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-03-2014 02:40 AM

I am planning on painting our dated oak cabinets. Can anyone suggest a way to achieve a smooth surface? I have heard brushing putty but looking for potentially less expensive options. Also, I intend to spray the doors and drawer fronts. Would it be better to use airless or Hvlp? I have both so no problem using either. Thanks for any advice.

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#1 posted 02-03-2014 02:44 AM

Timber Mate

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#2 posted 02-03-2014 02:48 AM

Master’s Grain Filler.

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#3 posted 02-03-2014 03:03 AM

Drywall compound … the “setting” type that you mix with water just before use.

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#4 posted 02-03-2014 03:14 AM

You’ll never get it perfect and it’s a lot of work, especially if you have raised panels and 1/4 round profiles.

I just went through this with my last client. He had oak cabinets, arched raised panels, typical medium brown – right out of the 80s. He wanted to paint them dark brown, change the hardware, new SS appliances, get rid of the microwave above the stove and install a SS hood vent.

He was all concerned about the grain like you but I talked him into leaving it and letting it show. Why hide it? It’s the faded color you probably don’t like.

Took half the time and it looks fantastic.

We added 14” to the back of this island, wrapped it in oak panels and made custom corbels for it.

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#5 posted 02-03-2014 12:17 PM

It’s very hard to do. I’d follow reedwood’s advice and let it show. Consider priming them with Zinnser BIN to avoid any adhesion problems from surface contamination, then smooth it and paint. I consider airless sprayers to be for walls and fences, not kitchen cabinets. You didn’t mention what your choice of paint was, but it would pay to choose a good acrylic or oil based enamel.

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