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Forum topic by bilyo posted 02-19-2019 04:33 PM 355 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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bilyo

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02-19-2019 04:33 PM

My daughter recently bought an older ci(rca 1950’s house. Unfortunately but typically, the previous owner in preping the house for sale did a horrible job of painting the kitchen cabinets. My daughter can easily remove the doors and bring them to me (I’m 150 miles away). I’m trying to advise her on how to re-do the cabinets. Replacing then would be ideal, but not feasible. Chemical stripper would make a horrific mess. Even if she was able to remove them for stripping and then re-install them, she has no place out of the weather to work on them. My only thought, so far, is to use a heat gun and scraper. It would take a while, but maybe the mess would be more easily controlled. Any suggestions?


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Andre

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#1 posted 02-19-2019 04:54 PM

Any consideration given that Lead based Paint may have been used?

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#2 posted 02-19-2019 05:10 PM

Yeah, lead base paint would a be big concern. I would either paint over the old cabs or replace the cabinets. Stripping in place could render the kitchen a hazardous waste site.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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ChefHDAN

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#3 posted 02-19-2019 07:09 PM

I just re-did all of my kitchen cabinets and drawer fronts. I used Benjamin Moore’s ADVANCE product with their recommended primer. Key to the entire project is the surface prep of course, but I’m very satisfied with the results

-- I've decided 1 mistake is really 2 opportunities to learn.. learn how to fix it... and learn how to not repeat it

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#4 posted 02-19-2019 07:10 PM

If the paint is adhering well but is just a bad paint job, I’d just lightly sand and then paint over it. Treat the bad paint as an uncertain surface and paint over it with a primer that’ll stick to anything (Killz, etc).

If it’s not adhering properly, then you’d want to strip it down to bare wood with a combination of chemical strippers, heat guns, and scrapers.

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bilyo

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#5 posted 02-19-2019 07:17 PM

Uh oh! I had not thought of the possibility that there might be lead paint. Thanks for the heads up. We’ll look into that before doing anything.

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#6 posted 02-19-2019 07:18 PM

Bill – I just finished repainting my 1960 era cabinets that were originally
varnished. then, repainted maybe 3 or 4 times over the years.
all I did was scrub really good with a strong solution of hot TSP and repainted.
wasn’t looking for a showroom finish. I wanted to keep the wear marks that comes
with an older home. I used the basic S-W door and trim latex enamel with the
“Roll and Tip” method over Valspar Bonding Primer/Sealer.

.

-- Failure is proof that you at least tried ~ now, go do it again, and again, until you get it right --

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bilyo

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#7 posted 02-19-2019 11:57 PM

John, Thanks for the suggestion. Your kitchen looks great and I’ll pass it along to my daughter. I haven’t seen her cabinets up close yet, but the doors look like someone just opened a can of paint and threw it on; runs, globs, and solidified drips along the edges. She will need to check on the lead paint possibility before she does anything. Then I’ll help her decide what to do. Hopefully, she can do something similar to what you did. I can make new doors if necessary.

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#8 posted 02-20-2019 12:08 AM

If there is a concern about lead paint you can use peel away paint stripper.

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Knockonit

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#9 posted 02-20-2019 12:35 AM

Pick up a lead test kit and give it a go, easy peasy, knowing is a peace of mind
Rj in az

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bilyo

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#10 posted 02-20-2019 02:16 AM



If there is a concern about lead paint you can use peel away paint stripper.

- corelz125


Thanks. If it comes to that, we’ll give that a try.


Pick up a lead test kit and give it a go, easy peasy, knowing is a peace of mind
Rj in az

- Knockonit


Yes. But, it will be a while. She has some other fix-up projects to do first plus earn a living.

Thanks for comments and suggestions.

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