How to paint laminate kitchen cabinets

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If your kitchen cabinets still work well but are starting to look a little the worse for wear, you could always paint them. We show you how to prepare and prime your surfaces correctly. You’ll also see how to get a smooth finish by sanding and get some professional painting tips to help you do the job faster.
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Step by Step Instructions

1 Clean the laminate surfaces and prepare to paint
2 Prime the surface with laminate primer
3 Lightly sand the primed laminate surface
4 Apply topcoat to laminate surface
  • Step 1. Clean the laminate surfaces and prepare to paint

    Before you start painting, give all the surfaces a good wipe down with a cloth and a laminate cleaner. Once the surfaces are dry, lightly sand the laminate to give the paint a better surface to stick to. Then sweep away any dust and mask off the surfaces you don’t want to paint.
  • Step 2. Prime the surface with laminate primer

    Use your paint brush to paint close to the walls and along the edges (known as “cutting in”). Once you’ve painted in the detailed areas, paint the larger surfaces with your roller. When you are painting doors and drawers, keep them slightly ajar so the paint doesn’t dry them shut.
  • Step 3. Lightly sand the primed laminate surface

    Once the primer has had time to dry and cure properly, use a fine grit sandpaper to smooth the surface. Sand lightly by hand so you don’t strip off half the primer you just put on. Dust off the surface with your brush and wipe it down with a damp cloth.
  • Step 4. Apply topcoat to laminate surface

    Give the paint a stir. Pour half into your working pot and the other half into the paint tray. Like you did with the primer, use the paint brush to cut in along your walls and edges. Then use the roller to paint the larger surfaces. If your surfaces have a few knocks and dints in them, consider choosing a satin finish rather than a full gloss paint to disguise any rough areas.

Tools and Materials

Tools

  • Cloth
  • Duster brush
  • Facemask
  • Masking tape
  • Paint brush
  • Roller and tray
  • Washing up gloves

Materials

  • 240 grit sandpaper
  • Laminate cleaner
  • Laminate paint
  • Sanding block
  • Tile and laminate primer
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Health & Safety

Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions that came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings Team Member.

Grave health hazards are linked to asbestos, which may be in homes built up to 1990. Health hazards may result from exposure to lead-based paints in older materials and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page. You can also use a simple test kit from Bunnings to indicate the presence of lead-based paint.
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