How to Redo Trailer Cabinets

Repairing and refinishing cabinets in your mobile home is one of the quickest and most satisfying projects to freshen the appearance of your kitchen or bathroom. Following the steps in this article will simplify the process.

Things You'll Need

  • Primer
  • Paint
  • Stain
  • Clear finish
  • Paint brushes
  • Sandpaper
  • Tack rags
  • Vacuum
  • Screwdrivers
  • Drill
  • Toothpicks

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Determine what type of material the cabinets are. For example: are the cabinets constructed of wood, partical board, or a laminate?

Cabinets constructed of wood can be sanded and refinished with stain and a coat of clear finish. Partical board cabinets can be sanded lightly, primed and painted. Laminate cabinets can be lightly sanded, primed and painted.

To refinish wood cabinets, remove the doors and hardware. Mark the doors for location to make re-installing easier. Use a small piece of masking tape on the interior of the doors to write the location. For example, "Upper right # 1." This step applies to any type of construction material of cabinets. Mark any screw holes where hinges are not holding tightly.

Lightly sand all doors and cabinet facings. Use progressively finer grades of sandpaper to smooth the finish. On all types of cabinets sand with the grain. A hand held sander makes this progress faster. This step is very important and should be done well. The satisfactory outcome depends on doing a through sanding. Vacuum all surfaces and finish with tack rags to remove all dust.

Screw holes that are stripped need to filled with wood glue and round toothpicks. Allow to dry throughly and cut toothpicks even with the door surface. Drill a small pilot hole before re-installing doors.

Apply stain with the grain on wood cabinets. Partical board and laminates: apply primer with smooth, long strokes. Avoid leaving brush marks, these can show through the finish coat of paint. Primer can be applied by spraying, if the surrounding surfaces can be covered to prevent damage from over spray. Cabinet doors can be worked on outdoors or in the garage. Cabinet bases must be worked on in place. Good ventilation is imperative.

Apply clear stain to wood cabinets. Apply your chosen paint to particle board and/or laminate cabinets. Allow to dry throughly between coats. Apply additional coats as necessary.

Install cabinet doors and hadware.

Enjoy your "new" kitchen or bathroom. You will be amazed at how much it brightens, freshens, and changes the appearance of the room.

Tips & Warnings

  • Paints and stains can be either water base or oil base. Use correct primer and or finish to match the type of stain or paint you choose to use. Match your brushes to the type of finish you are applying.
  • Adequate ventilation is imperative, for whichever type of finish you choose. Allow adequate drying time for all finishes. Good preparation will insure a satisfactory finished project.
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