How to paint kitchen cabinets in 3 short days! Today we are going to walk through our process here at Exterior and Interior Painting Specialists.
Our kitchen cabinet process used to take 6 days, but since we work in an assembly line process, use an airless sprayer and create an onsite spray booth we are able to cut it down to a 3-day process.
The first thing we do when we enter a new job site is lay down drop cloths to protect your floors.
We also make sure to tape down the drop cloths to make sure they don’t move.
Next, we begin taking the drawer fronts and the door fronts off the units. These will not leave the job site at all. After we take everything down we also remove all the hardware, this includes the handles, hinges, and anything else on the cabinets.
After taking everything off the cabinet fronts we clean everything with TSP. We use TSP (Trisodium Phosphate) to break down the grease, grime, and all other things off the surface.
To be able to spray the units we will tape off the inside so there is no over spray. We do this in the drawer and door fronts as shown in the video below. We take plastic and drape it over all the appliances, so nothing is damaged with overspray.
Now, before we go onto a light sanding we are going to set up our HEPA filter sanding system! This is an attachment to the sander that sucks up and collects all the extra dust that comes off as we sand. Sanding takes off any other layers of paint on the cabinets and makes it easier for the primer and new paint to adhere to the cabinets.
This filter system collects very small microns of dust! We are going to go on and set up a spray booth! Building a spray booth in the garage, spare room, or basement allows us to spray the fronts with the airless sprayer and keeping it on site.
To set up the spray booth we first lay drop cloths to protect the floor, we then hang plastic from the ceiling creating an enclosed space so there is no over spray.
After sand lightly sand everything (Door fronts, drawer fronts, & units) we then clean them with TSP again.
Now it is time to do the first spray: The primer.
We spray the cabinets instead of roll or brush so there will not be any marks. It is important to keep up on your airless sprayer. If you do not, there can be many issues including over spraying and runs in the paint.
We must wait at least 4 hours before we can apply the first coat of paint. Letting the primer set in will help the paint adhere.
After applying the first coat of paint you will need to wait another at least 4 hours for the second coat. At our company we always do two coats on all our projects.
After the second coat waiting 12 hours is a must before it will be durable enough to put everything back together.
After removing the tape from the inside of the units you can hang the doors and drawers.