Kitchen cabinet paint is no different from auto body work. It will chip if you hit it.
However, for the 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 and 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 it comes to kitchen cabinet painting, it is very important wood surfaces are extremely clean and porous (never shiny). The deeper paint gets absorbed into the wood, the less chance paint will chip or be as noticeable. See flood coating
(sanding is particularly important when painting darker wood cabinets light colors or shades of white)
Note: We never use lacquer because it yellows, cracks and chips at corner joints with expansion.
Benjamin Moore Acrylic paint is our choice when it comes to kitchen cabinet painting because acrylic paint does yellow, it is more durable and flexible than lacquer and it comes in any color you desire!