Kitchen cabinet paint is no different to auto body work. It will chip if you hit it.
However, in order for paint to stick and feel smooth, surfaces should always be prepared properly. After 40 years in the painting business we have learned one thing that sets our work apart from others, paint chips far less, adheres to a surface much better when old finishes are clean and sanded back down to the wood again.
Sanding greatly improves paint adhesion, durability and overall look.
Before Painting, Priming or Undercoating
⚠️ When is comes to kitchen cabinet painting, it is very important wood surfaces are extremely clean and porous (never shinny). The deeper paint gets absorbed into wood, the less chance paint will chip or be as noticeable. See flood coating
(sanding is particularly important when painting darker wood cabinets light colours or shades of white)
Note: We never use lacquer because it yellows, cracks and chips at corner joints with expansion. Benjamin Moore Acrylic paints however are the best choice when it comes to kitchen cabinet paint because it never yellows, it is more durable and flexible and comes in any colour you desire!