Unlike wood, PVC kitchen cabinets are slightly hard to paint. This is so because normal latex paint homeowners use on walls doesn’t easily stick to polyvinyl chloride. But some paints are specifically formulated for PVC surfaces.
- 150 to 220 grit sandpaper
- Cleaning solution
- Polyurethane varnish
- Interior latex paint formulated for PVC surfaces
- Paint tray
- Sponge roller
- Natural bristle paint brush
Step By Step Guidelines
These are the steps you can follow to paint PVC kitchen cabinets.
Step 1: Break them Down
The first and most important step is breaking down the cabinets. This, however, doesn’t mean demolishing the cabinets.
Before doing anything, it is advisable to take pictures or a video of the cabinets. You can use the pictures or the video as a reference when reinstalling the cabinets. Remember to put all the hardware in one place and avoid mixing the screws.
Then take off the handles, unscrew the hinges, and remove the doors or drawers, depending on the design of your cabinets. Label your doors or drawers according to where they were located. This will make the paint job much easier and neater.
Step 2: Clean the Surfaces of the PVC Kitchen Cabinets
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It doesn’t matter how frequently you clean your kitchen furniture. Some of the surfaces are highly likely to have grease and dirt. You can use sugar soap, a sponge, a dust cloth, and a cloth to clean the surfaces.
Soak a clean piece of cloth in a mixture of sugar soap and warm water. Use a damp piece of cloth to wipe off any grease or dirt from the surfaces of the PVC cabinets. You can consider using trisodium phosphate if the surfaces are contaminated with excessive grime or grease.
Then dry the PVC surfaces with a dry piece of cloth. We also recommend you give them a little bit of time to air dry.
Step 3: Scuff-Sand the PVC Surfaces
The next important step is to scuff-sand the PVC surface. This step helps improve the texture of the plastic surfaces.
Use 150 to 200 grit sandpaper to sand all the surfaces. When sanding the doors, make sure you are thorough at the knobs. The knobs usually receive the most wear.
After the sanding, it’s time for more cleaning. Use a vacuum cleaner to pick up the dust in the cabinets as well as from the crevices of the cabinet doors. Then wipe off any remaining dust with a clean damp cloth. Tape off any areas around your PVC kitchen cabinets like inside the drawers, hood fan, and anywhere else that needs to be protected from paint.
Now that the prep is done, you are ready to move on to painting your PVC cabinets.
Step 4: Apply Primer
The choice of primers is huge on the market. But the most ideal choice is an oil-based primer. This type of primer primes and seals in one easy coat.
Start by laying all the doors with the back sides facing up. Then prime the backs of your cabinet doors using a sponge roller and a brush for hard-to-reach parts.
Each primer is different so make sure you give it enough time as recommended by the manufacturer. Then prime the front of the doors using the same method. Afterward, remember to wipe away any drips with your brush to guarantee a smooth finish.
Step 5: Paint the PVC Kitchen Cabinets
For this step, you need to select the ideal acrylic latex paint that will match your kitchen interior. Most homeowners prefer white, while others are brown. But it always comes down to personal preference.
Use the same method as the one you used during priming to painting the cabinet boxes. Make use of a sponge roller for easy spots and a brush for tight spaces. Next, apply your paint to the backs of your cabinet doors. Allow time to dry following the manufacturer’s guidelines.
Remove the protective masking tape from the edges of the cabinets while the surfaces are still wet, including cardboard and tarps.
Step 6: Rebuild the Cabinets
Once you are sure your paint is dry, it is time to add hinges. You can mount new hinges or simply install the old ones. Then add the handles you choose to use.
The cabinets are freshly painted. So, it’s advisable to install bumpers on the doors to prevent them from damaging or sticking.
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