Question

What is the best and safest way to paint steel kitchen cabinets from the 1970s?

Asked by Sonya Rosadio
Saint Paul, MN

We are updating my childhood ranch home. And I have not seen this kind of question addressed. The cabinets are in excellent consideration.

Answer

Sonya,

I would recommend removal of the cabinets from the home for finishing. This will eliminate harmful fumes inside the home.

Look into a local collision shop to do the refinishing of the cabinets. Most automotive collision shops use water born paint which is applied in a controlled atmosphere and then baked on. This is a very durable finish and will withstand many years of use.

Another option would be to have the cabinets powder coated creating a durable shell.

Either way preparation of the surface is a very important step. All grease, dirt and loose finish must be removed. I would recommend having the cabinets media blasted to remove any dirt/debris. This can be done with glass beads, walnut shells, rock salt, and even ice chips.

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