Painting Kitchen Cabinets
Painted kitchen cabinets have to withstand a high level of wear and tear. Traditionally, only oil-based paints were up to the challenge. But recent improvements in latex paints have introduced a new option to the kitchen cabinet refinishing market. Here are some helpful comparisons to help you decide which type to use when painting your kitchen cabinets.
Should I use Latex for My Painted Kitchen Cabinets?
Latex paint has many qualities to recommend it. Here are some points to consider:
- Dries quickly
- Easy to clean with water
- Not as susceptible to mildew
- Does not fade as readily
- Breathes better than oil-based paint
- Maintains flexibility
- Latex can take a long time, up to 2 weeks, to fully cure--making it more susceptible to minor damage
- Can stain more easily
- It is a softer finish, so can wear more in high traffic areas
Is Oil-Based Paint Better for Refinishing My Kitchen Cabinets?
Some kitchen cabinet refinishers prefer to stick to the traditional oil-based product, thanks to the following features:
- It is popular largely because of its improved durability
- When used over stains, it has a tendency to seal better
- Fluctuating temperatures have less effect on oil-based paints
- There is less shrinkage when oil-based paint dries, so the surface stress is considerably less
- Once dry, oil-based paint cures completely faster, limiting the vulnerability of newly painted kitchen cabinets
- Oil-based paint takes longer to dry, initially
- Clean up requires solvents
- Fading can be a problem for oil-based paints
All things considered, both latex and oil-based paints can be very effective in sprucing up your kitchen cabinets. Feel secure in your decision when painting your kitchen cabinets and enjoy the refreshing effects.