Lacquer vs Acrylic Paint

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

We realize Lacquer and Acrylic cabinet coating takes a knack to do it well. Not everyone gets the same results as us when it comes to panting kitchen cabinets for a variety of reasons. PAINTING Guys have acrylic cabinet painting down pat.

  • Lacquer yellows where acrylic paint does not
  • Lacquer needing touch-ups is impossible to seamlessly colour match because it yellows
  • Lacquer is highly explosive and toxic making it terrible to use onsite around furnaces, smoking, children, elderly and general public.
  • Lacquer (in our opinion) is an unnecessary product that requires special regulations to spray, requires fire extinguishing and venting systems all of which ends up costing clients more money for nothing gained.
  • Lacquer used for refinishing older kitchen cabinets does not hold up like high quality acrylic paint.

Below (lacquer cabinets) is an example of what we are seeing more and more of.  When it comes to applying modern colours over older wood cabinets... we NEVER use lacquer.

When it comes to kitchen cabinet painting... lacquer chips and flakes off wood below sinks

Lacquer vs Paint - kitchen cabinet painting

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