Cabinet painting is no different to auto body work. In order for paint to stick and feel smooth, surfaces must be prepared properly.
Even though cabinets feel smooth after priming, they still need to be sanded between coats to increase paint bonding.
Sanding kitchen cabinets
Always sand before and after priming and painting kitchen cabinets. Also see cleaning and degreasing cabinets
Sanding the primer coat and air blasting in a vacuum room to suck out dust is extremely important. This video briefly shows how we lightly sand the primer coat prior to finish coating.
Can I paint my kitchen cabinets without sanding?
If you are painting cabinets that have never been installed or varnished. Yes. But if there is any sign of food, oil from your hands, build up of grease near pulls and corners etc... you need to completely remove it all. If you don’t... paint will always chip or peel the moment you clean or hit those areas. Cleaning is the MOST IMPORTANT step.
Before any cabinet painting we always follow these steps in this order.
If you do not follow these steps, the chances paint will chip easier, crack away from the wood are greater.
There are no short cuts to how we finish cabinets. Its all about preparation.
Preparing the wood
Sanding the edges of cabinet doors and drawers requires special attention to detail
Removing the old Pulls (handle) impressions from the old pulls in the wood.