Post by fun2learn on Oct 16, 2016 23:14:42 GMT -5
Hi everyone. I stumbled on this site several times as I was googling for information on painting cabinets and I am fascinated! I love how professionally you test everything and review it in depth!
I am a DIYer and I want to paint several bathroom vanity cabinets that have a factory- applied wood stain and clear topcoat (lacquer??) The wood is smooth--it looks like birch, and I want to paint them white. One is brand new and the other is identical and almost looks like new, but I actually bought it off Craigslist for a bargain! I would love to avoid sanding if possible. Several Zinsser primers advertise that they can stick without sanding, even to glossy surfaces. I called the company to double-check, and they recommended the water-based Zinsser 123 primer for bathroom vanities and said yes, I would not have to sand before applying. That was music to my ears.
However, googling on the internet, I could not find any instances of anyone saying that they painted cabinets with this primer and did not sand. Everyone seems to always recommend sanding before painting or priming. I figured that the folks on this website are interested in testing new products and methods, and not just repeating the same old commonly held advice,so if anyone knows if this is possible, you all would! Has anyone ever painted/primed wood-stained cabinets like this without sanding first? Will the finish hold up?
Also, what are your current recommendations for the best paint for cabinets for DIYers who will be brushing the paint on, as opposed to spraying? I read on an older post recommendations for Behr Ultra with a hardner additive, or Behr paint and then spraying with a clear acrylic topcoat. What would be best in a bathroom? I don't want the paint to steam off, LOL! I like that you seem to like Behr paint, since it is budget friendly and it is what we typically have used in our home for basic wall and trim painting!
By the way, about 4 years ago I painted my daughter's bedroom furniture (an old 7-piece "French provincial" set that had the original factory paint finish) with Sherwin Williams Pro-classic (over their primer and I did LOTS of sanding) and I had a difficult time with drips on all those French provincial curves and spindles. I realized too late that I was putting it on as if it was regular paint, which was too thick for pro- classic I guess.. It has held up very well, though, and it looks ok as long as you don't look at it too closely--you can see all my brush marks! So I am leery of using pro-classic again, but maybe if I had a better brush? What do you all think? Thanks so much!