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Forum topic by Stanley Coker posted 06-01-2017 08:36 PM 635 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Stanley Coker

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06-01-2017 08:36 PM

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Hi Everyone,
Here at my work they are going to paint over come cabinets that has a lacquer or poly finish on them. I have never
painted over any cabinets before, since I HATE to paint over wood. Do I need to strip the finish off or sand over
with sandpaper, or just paint over it.

-- Stanley, North Georgia

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Fred Hargis

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#1 posted 06-01-2017 09:34 PM

Not necessarily. Since this are at work, I have no idea what service they perform. If they are in a dirty environment they will need a good cleaning, and if there is any chance at all that someone used furniture polish on them they should probably get a coat of dewaxed shellac first. If they are in a kitchen type envirionment that cleaning should be done with TSP (the real stuff, not the “substitute”). You also didn’t mention what kind of paint you intend to use….if it’s latex (as in wall paint), don’t do any of this since it will turn out poorly anyway. Best to use a 100% acrylic (waterborne) or an oil enamel.

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#2 posted 06-01-2017 10:27 PM

I think in general you’ll need to thoroughly
degrease and sand the finish so the paint will

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#3 posted 06-02-2017 04:30 PM

Thanks guys, These are in a office and have not been used for about a year. The office is very clean and I am not sure if any furniture polish has been used on them, my guess is that they have. The maintainence guys have decided to take them out and give them a light sanding and spray paint them. I heard them about ordering the paint and I do not know if it is latex or acrylic.
Again Thanks

-- Stanley, North Georgia

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