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Old 05-21-2012, 09:14 AM  
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I have the cheap cabinets that come with tract homes, just like the ones they sell at lowes. They are oak or at least part oak and we want to paint them. What is the best paint to use and what is the best application for a smooth finish?



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I have heard using automobile paints with a spray gun hold up the best. I myself prefer the antique faux finishes with distressing and the darker shading in the corners to mimic a good quality, aged cabinet.



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I am up in the air on antique look or bright white look. How do auto paints bond to the old coating? Would I need to primer?

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If I go with the antique look how do do it. I have never tried.

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Lowe's and Home Depot now sell a full kit, with instructions on how to prep, paint and glaze the cabinets, all in one package. I have not used it, but it does seem pretty slick, with many finishes available.

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Antique would probably match my rustic looking home better but the other half needs to approve. Originally we were gonna sand down and re-stain the cabinets but they are cheap ones and I am lazy so painting is much easier. I figure if I screw it up it will be a good time to tear them out and get new ones.

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I sprayed these cabinets with an airless using fine finish tips. Sanded and cleaned, primed with Bin and painted with Benjamin Moore water base Satin Impervo. If done right, you can come close to factory finish. Of course these were oak, so you can see some of the grain through the paint. But I think it turned out well overall. The cabinets were Merilatt, so they were not the best to start with.

http://www.paintingforum.com/forum/showthread.php?t=92

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Those look good but my little airless died but I do have a few auto sprayers just will have to ventilate like no other. Have any of you guys done the antiquing?

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Have any of you guys done the antiquing?
Sorry Chris, I've never tried it. I work with a few faux painters but never got into it myself.
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Those look good but my little airless died but I do have a few auto sprayers just will have to ventilate like no other. Have any of you guys done the antiquing?
Bite the bullet and rent a airless from the box store.

No antiquing done by me.


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