Hi everyone! Today is the start of our How to paint kitchen cabinets in 3 short days post! 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 lay cloth drop cloths everywhere we walk, where we will be spraying we use paper drop cloths purchased from Sherwin-Williams. We tape the edges of the paper down so they don’t move. The paper doesn’t allow liquid to leak through.
Next, we begin taking the drawer fronts and the door fronts off the units. These will not leave the job site at all, we will go over the on site spray booth soon. 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. It is a safe chemical that easily breaks down dirt and other unwanted things in the kitchen.
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 place the tape inside the unit and drag the plastic down to cover the inside. We drape plastic over all the appliances, so nothing is damaged with over spray.
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 lightly sanding 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 use extreme bond primer from Sherwin-Williams. We spray the units and the door and drawers front.
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.
The door and drawer fronts are hung up so we can paint the whole thing and let them completely dry.
This completes the first day of painting cabinets! Tune in next week to hear about day two!