You could paint your beautiful old kitchen cabinets without sanding but why would you?
The first time a cabinet is hit hard the new paint may chip off to the old varnish. You WILL see the old wood underneath the chip. It will be obvious and so it begins...
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Paint Your Kitchen Cabinets Without Sanding or Priming
If you DO NOT REMOVE OLD VARNISH paint will never stick and absorb deep enough into the wood grain.
Here is what we do if you want your cabinets to look professional and last a long time.
In this order:
- Clean by scraping all grease off (deep into cracks, corners, sides) using a flat sheer razor;
- Sand ! Remove as much varnish as possible using vacuum finishing sanders;
- Air blast remaining dust so the paint absorbs into the wood grain of all cracks, seams;
- Flood coat non grain raising primer so paint soaks deep into the wood;
- Brush rub a reduced second coat of sealer into the open grain until there are no bubbles or open grain left;
- Sand, vacuum and air blast again;
- Begin finish coating!