Ways To Resurface Laminate Cabinets
Laminate cabinets are cabinets with a thin film of material bonded to the exterior surfaces. There are several ways to resurface laminate cabinets. Here are some of them. Prepare the laminate kitchen cabinets by washing them with warm water and trisodium phosphate to remove any grease. A buildup of grime makes the adhesion of the primer difficult. When the cabinets are dry, remove all the hardware, and label the back of each cabinet door with a piece of masking tape with its location written on it to make the process of rehanging the finished doors easier. Use a water-based primer designed for laminate for simple cleanup and ease of application. Paint the primer on the doors and laminate cabinet frames with a dense, foam roller. Apply the paint in long, even, vertical strokes for best finish results. When the first coat of primer is dry, lightly sand with 150-grit sandpaper to rough the surfaces for an additional coat of primer. Paint a second layer of primer on the cabinets and frames to give the areas a substantial base for the finish coats of paint. Gently sand the surfaces once more.
Apply a coat of water-based paint to the cabinets and frames using a small foam roller. Move the roller in long, vertical strokes in a “V” pattern to avoid streaks and drips. For difficult areas, such as the cabinet door frame corners, use a paintbrush. Allow the surfaces to dry thoroughly, and paint an additional coat of finish paint in the same manner. Let the laminate kitchen cabinets dry overnight to achieve a hard and durable finish.