Lacquer vs Acrylic Paint

Lacquer is a hard finish but we don’t use it when repainting older kitchen cabinets for a variety of reasons.

Below is an example of why we never use lacquer. This cabinet door is only a few years old. We stay away from a lacquer spray finish because it is like a plastic coating, scratches easily and will crack at the corner joints with expansion due to seasonal humidity changes. We stay away from lacquer including all oil based products.

Lacquer vs Paint - kitchen cabinet painting

We realize Lacquer and Acrylic cabinet coating takes a knack to do it well. Not everyone gets the same results as the next guy but one thing for certain, if something isn't prepared correctly the finish is sure to fail. 

When it comes to panting kitchen cabinets, we always choose high end Acrylic paint for a variety of reasons. PAINTING Guys have acrylic cabinet painting down pat. We have been painting kitchens for over 40 years.

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  • Lacquer yellows, acrylic paint does not. 
  • Lacquer is brittle and cracks at the corner joints with expansion. Acrylic paint is flexible!
  • Lacquer touch-ups are impossible to seamlessly colour match because it yellows. Acrylic is easy to touch up.
  • Lacquer is highly explosive and toxic making it terrible to use onsite around furnaces, smoking, children, elderly and general public. Acrylic is water base and very low VOC.
  • Lacquer requires special zoning regulations to spray, requires fire extinguishing and venting systems which all ends up costing clients more money for nothing gained.  Acrylic is low VOC and sprays beautifully. 
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