There comes a time when your laminate kitchen cabinets no longer have that like-new appeal.
But this does not mean you have to rip them down and put-up new ones.
There are moisture-resistant alternatives that allow you to paint your laminate cabinets.
Appliance epoxy, as the name suggests, is used to paint appliances such as dishwashers, washers, dryers, refrigerators, laundry machines, and the like.
However, it cannot be used on items that either generate or are exposed to heat such as the interior of ovens or stovetops.
Because of what it is mainly used for, many people think that you cannot paint wood with appliance epoxy. But actually, you can if you follow the steps right.
Plus, you can even apply high-gloss epoxy appliance paint to the cabinet surface without worrying about it peeling away.
In this article we will cover:
Applying Appliance Epoxy Paint on Cabinets
When applying appliance epoxy color the first step is to prepare the kitchen cabinets by removing all items from the inside.
This will prevent any of the primers or paint from touching your items.
If there are any drawers, you’ll want to remove them as well.
Next, take the drawers off the hinges and then remove the hinges from the cabinets.
Store the hinges and then remove the doorknobs and pulls and store them separately as well.
Step 1 – Clean
Take the doors and drawers to a well-ventilated room such as a garage or if it is a nice day, take them outside.
Put on a respirator over your mouth and nose. Then, put on some chemical-resistant gloves.
You’ll want to use some old rags to wipe down the surfaces to remove the dust and dirt.
Add some xylol or xylene solvent to remove the grime and grease that might be stuck on the surfaces.
Follow this with soap and water and then rinse to remove any residue. Wipe the surfaces of the doors and drawers with a dry towel.
Once dry, use some 150-grit sandpaper to go over the surfaces again. You’ll want to wipe down the cabinets with the solvent again and let them dry.
As a word of warning, be sure that the rags you used with the solvent are fully dry before you throw them away.
Once dry, seal up the rags in a plastic bag first before disposing of them.
Step 2 – Prime
Now the cabinet surfaces are ready for the primer.
Although applying primer isn’t necessary for appliance epoxy paints, you should add the primer to the sanded laminate surface so the paint will stick properly. Plus, it gives a smoother finish.
A water-based primer designed for maximum adhesion is the right choice. To apply the primer, use a polyester paintbrush.
At least two hours after you’ve applied the primer coat, sand the surface with 220-grit sandpaper.
Then wipe the surfaces to remove any dust and apply a second coat of primer.
This time, let the primer fully dry over two to three days. This will ensure that the primer dries fully before you add the paint.
Step 3 – Paint
Polyester flagged sash brushes are the perfect choice to apply the epoxy enamel paint. This type of brush will ensure that you get a smooth finish.
It will also provide a high-gloss finish to match your appliances. Use even strokes to lightly apply the paint to the surface.
Once you apply the first coat, let the cabinets dry for at least 24 hours.
Although epoxy appliance paint will dry to the touch in 2 to 4 hours, it will take up to 24 hours for the paint to fully dry and cure.
Look over the cabinets after they have dried, and add a second coat if needed.
Then you need to wait at least three days before you replace the doors and drawers to the cabinets.
What Appliance Epoxy Paint is Best to Choose?
I have worked with Rust-Oleum® Specialty Appliance Epoxy and it worked great. Its ultra-hard and comes with moisture resistance properties as well.
If you want to try some other product, you can check Krylon appliance epoxy enamel.
Both these options are readily available in stores such as HomeDepot and Amazon. And comes at a very affordable price.
Keep in mind that these are specifically formulated for indoor surfaces and should not be used for outdoor purposes.
What to Consider when Buying Appliance Epoxy Spray Paint?
In recent years epoxy spray paints for appliances have become more popular than those applied with a brush.
The spray paint uses a hardener and turns it into resin fast which creates a durable waterproof surface.
The advantage of this type of paint is how resilient it is to stains, grime, grease, and even chemical household cleaners.
Plus, it can adhere to different types of materials which makes it well-suited for many different projects.
But before you run out and purchase this type of epoxy spray paint, there are a few things you need to know about this product.
There are different types of epoxy paint, so you will need to match the type with the materials that will be painted.
Of the many different colors and types, there are two basic types known as All Weather epoxy and Appliance epoxy spray paints.
For smaller projects, you can choose either one as they both work well on most materials.
The all-weather paint is quite good for wooden surfaces such as cabinet doors, indoor stools, boats, bar tops, and more.
And the appliance paint is specifically well-suited for painting appliances.
If you are purchasing true epoxy paint it has two separate parts that will require mixing.
This means you will need a hardener and a resin along with a proper tool or device to mix them when ready.
You can find such items at your local hardware store that stocks paint and supplies.
You’ll want to purchase enough paint to do the job, but not too much as what you have leftover may never be used.
However, it is generally better to purchase a little too much rather than not enough.
Even though it does cost more, it is better than the alternative of not having enough.
c) The Right Color:
You may be overwhelmed by the number of color choices that are available.
To help you with this, you may purchase a few cans first and then test out the paint by applying it to scrap material.
This will let you see what the paint looks like when fully dried.
Be sure to use scrap wood or metal, whatever material that closely matches the surface that you will eventually paint.
Once you have decided, then purchase the appropriate amount of paint.
Now you need to prep the surfaces, get the paint ready, and put on the protective gear and you are ready to paint.
Will appliance epoxy stick to plastic?
Appliance epoxy is designed to adhere to a variety of surfaces, including plastic.
For best results, clean the surface with detergent and a scrub brush before applying the epoxy.
How much does epoxy appliance paint cost?
The cost of epoxy appliance paint can vary depending on the brand and type you choose, as well as the size of your appliance. Typically, it costs between $10 and $30 per can.
To get the best price, be sure to shop around and compare prices from different retailers. Additionally, many online retailers offer discounts or special deals. So be sure to check them out.
Can you use appliance epoxy on cabinet hardware?
Appliance epoxy can be used on a variety of surfaces, including cabinet hardware such as doors, knobs, hinges, etc.
However, for best results, it is recommended that you follow the manufacturer’s instructions and clean the surface well before spraying.
While epoxy appliance spray paints are usually designed for metal appliances, you can use them for indoor wood surfaces (like cabinets, cupboards, countertops, etc) as well.
Make sure you choose a good product and follow the right application process.
The best place to start is by reading the paint sealer can when you purchase.
You’ll find special instructions on how to prep the surface, how to mix the epoxy, and how many coats are recommended.
You can purchase a simpler form of epoxy paint if you are not interested in reading complex instructions. These are the epoxy paints that require little in the way of preparation.
Hi, I am Mark Garner a professional carpenter, woodworker, and DIY painter. I live in the small city of Peoria, Arizona as a semi-retired woodworker. I have started this blog with a simple motive to help you with my wood experience in this sector. If you like to know more about what I love doing and how it all got started, you can check more about me here.