The original factory paint that was originally applied to your cabinets should last for as long as you own them. However, if you decided to utilize a new coat of paint as a way to refinish cabinets in your home after years of wear and tear, you may discover some evidence of chipping. That will make your cabinets look awful.
Luckily, you have some options for solving the problem in the event you happened to choose low quality paint or if the paint you applied long ago has finally had enough and it’s beginning to pull away from the cabinet surface. In any event, it doesn’t really matter why it’s happening, you need to take steps to prevent the problem from getting worse.
Here are some tips to help you do just that:
One of the easiest ways to maintain the paint on your cabinets is to protect it at the most vulnerable areas – where the corners make contact with cabinet frames. Your cabinets will sustain some of the most consistent and potentially damaging levels of wear and tear of any item in your home that sees routine daily use.
These bumper pads are applied at the corners of your cabinet doors and drawer facades, where the paint can chip most often. You can purchase pads made from all kinds of materials, be it cork, felt, even vinyl. Placing these protective appliques over the corners of your doors and drawers will go a long way to helping the paint survive for much longer than if you went without them.
Repairing Your Paint
If the paint is coming away from the wood surface significantly, you will need to sand down these spots where the wood has been revealed and then repaint the cabinet.
In most cases, you’ll want to sand the area down with a 100-grit sandpaper. Sand evenly and thoroughly along every region where the paint has chipped until you’ve adequately blended and smoothed the paint that has not yet flaked off.
From there, you’ll need to apply a primer of your choice. Give it time to dry completely before you apply your coat of paint to match the remainder of the cabinet color.
Covering the Cabinets Entirely
For those of you who are dealing with a paint job that is so far gone and chipped away that you need to consider total cabinet refinishing in San Jose, you have the option of going with veneers instead of paint.
This option utilizes new panels and facades that are applied over your existing cabinetry to give them a completely brand new appearance. You will be covering your current paneling but you will still need to prep the cabinetry accordingly and confirm that the rest of your cabinets are in proper working order. A cabinet that isn’t properly functional should not be refinished ahead of making any needed repairs first.
So be sure the chipping paint is the worst of your problems before you apply any veneers to the cabinets.