How To Paint Your Kitchen Cupboards - Colourtrend Paints

December 13, 2020 2 min read

When painting your kitchen cupboards, preparation is one of the most important steps in ensuring a long lasting finish on your cabinets. From preparation to priming and painting, follow the steps detailed in our how-to-guide below to achieve the perfect finish on your kitchen cabinets.
Green kitchen painted in Colourtrend Scullery Green
Colour (Cabinets): Scullery Green, Historic Collection

Substrate: Kitchen cupboards

Surface Preparation:

Proper surface preparation is crucial to maximum finish performance. The durability of this product can be impaired by an unsound or poorly prepared surface. Surfaces must be clean, dry and sound before painting.

  • Clean cupboards with specific degreaser cleaner. Extra cleaning around areas near hobs, handles and extractor hoods.
  • Allow surface to dry.
  • Sand well with a fine sandpaper to get a key on previous gloss/varnish.
  • Remove dust.
  • Remove handles where possible to allow for easier application.

Application of Primer:

  • Apply one coat of appropriate primer.

The primer recommended will be dictated by the surface on which you are preparing.  For high gloss, varnished, melamine, or laminate surfaces require an adhesion primer.  For timber with knots, bleeding etc., a primer with blocking ability is essential.

Application of Undercoat:

  • Apply one coat of Colourtrend Undercoat. This will create an even surface for the topcoat and can be tinted to any 4 of our foundation coat colours.

Note: Primers come in an oil, shellac or water base; all bases are suitable with Colourtrend Undercoat. Please note that oil based primers require a curing time of 48 hours.

Application of Top coat:

Choose between Colourtrend Eggshell, Satin, or Gloss in your desired colour. For a tougher finish use Sustain Acrylic Top Coat (wb50)

  • Can be applied with brush, roller or spray
  • Apply one coat of chosen colour/finish
  • Allow to dry (recoat in 6-8 hours depending on drying conditions)
  • Apply second coat of chosen colour/finish
  • Allow to dry

Note: Coating will achieve full adhesion in seven days.



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