Steps in Painting Kitchen Cabinets That Are Stained

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Painting kitchen cabinets that are stained can be accomplished in a few basic steps. Learn about the steps in painting kitchen cabinets with help from a certified construction manager and LEED accredited professional in this free video clip.

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I am Monica D. Higgins with and I'm here at with Thomas Craven here in Van Nuys, California. Today, we're going to show you how to paint kitchen cabinets that are stained. Now, if you're going to paint your kitchen cabinets that are stained what you need to do is prep them so they can actually take on the paint. So the first thing you need to do is clean the surface with tri-sodium phosphate. This is an industrial cleaner that removes the dirt and grime that's accumulated over time. Next, I'm sure you have dings, scratches and dents on the cabinets so you'll need to fill them in with a wood filler. This will bring up the surface, make it even so it'll be ready for sanding. Sanding is the next step which allows you to remove the existing stain and give your wood some texture. That texture is great because it allows the wood to, excuse me, the paint to adhere to the surface. After sanding the wood surface you're going to buff it. You're going to buff it in the direction of the grain of the wood. And follow that with priming. Now you're going to want to make sure that you use a primer that's a blocking primer. Because you want to block out any evidence of the previous colored stain on your wood cabinets. After you've primed them you're going to sand them once again to prep them for painting. Once they're sanded you'll be ready for paint, in the color of your choice, the world's your apple. I'm Monica D. Higgins with with Thomas Craven and we just showed you how to paint your kitchen cabinets through stain.


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