How to Paint Sealed Cabinets: Spray with white Laquer

This job is a monster! – YOU MUST WEAR A RESPIRATOR
– Took me 15-16 hrs. I did start in the afternoon and stopped at 3am then picked back up around 8 (I do not recommend that at all).

Materials: 4 1/2 gal. of Laquer (around $40 p/gal). A couple sheets of 220 grit sandpaper, Graco airless sprayer, 12″masking paper, 1″ & 2″ masking tape, 1mil & 4mil plastic, Electric Sander w/ sanding sheets, patience and brain cells to burn 🙂

Most of your time is prep work. —-
Remove all your hardware, fill in any holes, use an electric sander and sand (w/ grain) all your wood work. I ended up having to use thinner to remove caked on grease from the cabinets around the stove. Hopefully you won’t run into that problem!

Mask around the cabinets w/ 12″ roller paper and bend up the ends about 2″. Tape both sides of the fold to catch overspray. Plastic off backsplashes, nearby appliances, floots and counter tops.

If you are confined to the indoors and can’t lay cabinet doors outside on saw horses or buckets, you’ll have to make a “spray room” in a large space.
Put cabinet doors in a way that you can remember which order they need to be reattached. It is very important to not mix up doors.

I recommend spraying the doors horizontally if you can. When they are vertical you have more runs (the laquer is water-like in consistancy).

Use 220 grit sandpaper to remove all runs. It does dry pretty fast so thats a good thing. Continue to spray x4-5 coats of Laquer.

Put back all hardware. Take down masking and reattach the doors. njoy!