How To Paint Your Glossy Cabinets

Here are some tips if you are trying to paint your finished cabinets

If you have wood cabinets that have a glossy finish these are the steps you need to take in order to get a solid/durable finish that will look good and last. Most importantly you need to prep your surface right.

You will need:

1.A few Fine sanding sponges or 220 grit sandpaper


2. A 2.5 inch angled all-purpose paint brush           3.A 4-6 inch microfiber Whizz™ roller


After removing your doors and drawers clean your surfaces with any kind of degreaser. I use Windex® most of the time and it seems to do the trick. Using a Fine sanding sponge or some 220 grit sandpaper lightly scuff up the gloss finish of your cabinets just enough to reduce the shine of he gloss. It is important to sand in one direction (with the grain) and not in circles. Once everything is sanded wipe it down again with some index and use a tack cloth or microfiber cloth to remove any dust.Now You are ready to get cranking.

Before you start applying your primer you need to delint your Whizz roller. this will remove any loose fuzz that can stick to your surface. Just use some masking and roll over it with a few passes.



No You are ready to start priming. Because these cabinets had such a high gloss finish we used STIX® Bonding Primer. It is a bit more expensive at $40-$50 per gal. but  you get what you pay for and it is well invested money that will save you a bunch of tie and headache because the surface adhesion is phenomenal. Start by cutting in the edges with your paint brush then apply the rest with your mini roller. There is no need to use a lot of primer. A little bit goes a long way. Make sure you check your inside corners and edges because excess paint likes to accumulate there and will leave runs and build ups if you don’t pay attention.



Let your primer dry for as long as it is suggested on the product label. Personally  I like to let it sit over night to ensure that it has cured completely. One coat of primer is enough.

Once your primer id dry you can start applying your paint. For this project we used “White” Benjamin Moore™ Advance Alkyde (semi-gloss)n and applied it just like we did the primer. A little bit goes a long way again so only apply lightly. Check your edges for runs and wipe any excess paint. You want to check for runs and build ups quite frequently because if you do not take care of that while your paint is still wet you will have to sand those spots again lightly with 200 grit sandpaper.  We used thumbtacks on the insides of the doors. That made is possible to flip them and paint the opposite side as soon as we are finished with one side.

You can take a piece of cardboard or wood  and stick some thumbtacks in it as well.




There is a drying time of 16 hours  before re coating with the Advance paint so be prepared to let it sit over night. The paint will dry to touch in 4-6 hours but it takes 3-4 weeks to fully cure so handle with extreme care and try to avoid closing your drawers and doors until those 3 weeks are up or else you might risk chipping around the edges that touch.


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