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Painting-over-finished-cabinets, wood, wood-laminate, and metal cabinets usually can be repainted without difficulty. plastic laminate cabinets resist overpainting — those that can be refinished often require special paints and techniques, and results can vary.. Stripping cabinets to bare wood ensures that there are no adhesion problems between the old finish and the new paint. one sure way to remove the old finish is to strip the wood using paint..., if your cabinets have been shellacked, you'll need to remove the glossy element before you can paint. shellac is a type of glossy varnish typically applied to wood cabinets. it often adds a yellow or orange cast to the finish. unlike painted cabinets, the glossiness of shellac does not hold paint ....

Before painting cabinets, you need to prime them to ensure the paint sticks. use any stain blocking and sealing primer that you purchase from a home improvement store. choose a color as close to your paint color as possible. apply the primer with a roller on long, wide surfaces, and with a brush for the areas that can't be covered with a roller., paint unfinished cabinets overview before you paint unfinished cabinets, you'll need to remove the drawers and doors. keep the hardware, such as screws, hinges and drawer pulls or handles, in plastic bags so you don't misplace them. and you may want to keep each hinge, pull or handle in a separate bag so that all pieces remain scratch-free.