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« on: June 11, 2008 10:35:42 AM »

I am really tired of my dark brown laminate kitchen cabinets. At some point I plan to completely replace them, but that isn't in the immediate budget. We considered having the laminate redone in white, but I really don't want to put out that much money on something I plan to replace a few years from now. I read some great things about Majic's Dimond Hard Acryllic Enamel. The claims are that you can actually use it to paint laminate cabinets without sanding or priming them first.

Has anyone ever used this product? I don't want to plunk down $60 a gallon plus shipping for something that really doesn't live up to the hype.
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« Reply #1 on: June 11, 2008 05:49:01 PM »

Before painting anything you have to do some amount of prep. If nothing but cleaning the surface so the paint will adhere properly. 

I've painted laminate countertops with success, but not with that particular paint. It is well worth the effort.

As for the specific product you mention I've not used it, but I did find some good information on it.

Painting laminate cabinets can be a tedious job -- you'll need a lot of patience -- but it is also very easy, even if you've never painted anything. Plus, the results are amazing. Just finishing one cupboard will keep you motivated to finish them all.

Before you start, consider the following:

* Budget: How much are you willing to spend on the paint, hardware and supplies?
* Time: Assuming you work full-time, I'd plan on taking a week to complete the project. Give yourself a few hours each night after work to devote to it and then a full weekend. (Depending on the size of your kitchen, it could take more or less time.)
* Space: Designate a work area that you can leave set up for the week where you can lay the doors out to paint them and then let them dry properly.

There are a couple of options for painting your cabinets yourself. One option is to use Majic's Diamondhard Acrylic Enamel paint, www.majicpaints.com. This paint does not require any sanding or priming. It is an extremely durable and will give you a beautiful finished product, as long as you apply it properly. Follow these easy steps:

1. Remove all the doors and drawers (if possible) and all the old hardware. Fill any holes, if necessary, with wood putty (following wood putty manufacturer's instructions).
2. Thoroughly clean the cabinets. Majic recommends using a low-sudsing detergent and water (use 1 part detergent to 3 parts water). Rinse thoroughly. Allow to dry completely. If you need to use bleach to clean your cabinets, allow them to dry for at least 48 hours before painting.
3. Using painter's tape, tape around the frames of the cabinets, floor and any other areas where you will be applying the paint.
4. Spread plastic drop cloths on the surface where you'll be painting the doors. If you are using a large table, make sure you raise the doors off the plastic. (If you lay the doors directly on the plastic, they will stick to it.) I like to use old paint cans or even soup cans to raise them up -- that way you can paint all the sides and edges properly.
5. Paint with a good-quality nylon brush or premium short nap (3/16- or 1/4-inch) roller. Make sure you don't overbrush and try to brush in one direction.
6. You need to allow 24 to 48 hours of curing time before applying a second coat and two to three weeks before you put the doors back up. The longer the paint cures, the harder the finish becomes.

The other option -- if you want a more customized look on your cabinets -- is to use a glaze or tone-on-tone colors. If you decide on this option, I'd recommend using an acrylic latex paint and a glaze. Follow steps 1-4 above, but you'll also need to sand, prime and paint the cabinetry. The drying time is usually eight hours between coats and 48 hours before you install. I'd recommend picking up Do It Now, Do It Fast, Do It Right: Paint Transformations (Taunton Press, 2004) by Taunton Press Editors, www.doitnowfastright.com. This book devotes an entire chapter to cabinet makeovers, with a step-by-step guide and photographs from prep to finish.

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« Reply #2 on: July 30, 2008 09:07:50 AM »

go to DIY and they have a great tut. on this subject...I am doing this in a few weeks...


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« Reply #3 on: August 11, 2008 11:35:50 PM »

I have painted my laminated kitchen fronts once.
First I had to clean them very well, then I sanded them and cleaned again. After that I painted them with a special color one need to apply acryllic paint on laminated items. Then I painted the acryllic paint with a sponge roller. This worked very well. But you have to be carefull later on. Whenever you hit at the fronts with a pot for example, the color will go off.
Nevertheless, it's been a cheap way to make a change in my kitchen.
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