Painting Cabinets Correctly

Painting Cabinets Correctly

Painting cabinets correctly should not be a difficult thing for a professional painting contractor. I have previously gone into some detail about the steps necessary for a professional, great looking end result.

What really bothers me is how often we are asked to “fix” another paint contractors work. Sometimes we can but often it is not cost effective for the customer. I think it is terrible that there are people out there doing cabinet refinishing or painting and they obviously have no clue.

As a homeowner you owe it to yourself to really check out the person or company you are intrusting your rather expensive cabinets to.

We do cabinet jobs almost weekly and are very good at it. I am confident there are other companies in Omaha that do good work too. Find out!

I recently went to look at a cabinet job to see if I could fix it and it was quickly obvious it was a total loss. The homeowners purchased some previously finished cabinets from a local store as a close out. The cabinets were probably fine to begin with but they wanted a different finish. The person they hired did no prep work at all and rolled (not sprayed) an inappropriate coating. They were a real mess. You could finger nail off the coating.

On any cabinet job there should be several days of nothing but prep work. Sanding, caulking, putty work, etc.

Painting cabinets is a special niche. Not every painter has the skills to do it correctly.

When hiring a painting contractor, check them out! look at their work or pictures of their work. Check references, reviews, etc. It could save you lots of heartache and money.

Metal Handrails

Metal Handrails

Metal Handrails can pose a challenge whether they are interior or exterior handrails. Exterior handrails are obviously subject to more wear and tear and need more maintenance but interior metal handrails can pose their own set of challenges.

We just finished an interior commercial stairway that included the handrails. Actually the biggest challenge on this job was matching the paint color. There was no leftover paint and nothing to remove to mtch so it hand to be done on site by eye.It is always a good idea to leave the extra paint on the job when done or at least make a note of the paint formula for the customer for future reference.

The other challenge was that it was several floors of handrails, straight up! Arg.


metal handrails
straight up


We sanded the metal down well to even out the areas where the paint had previously chipped. This also helps with adhesion of the new coating.


sanded handrails


sanding handrails


We then spot primed the exposed metal. We ended up using three coats of finish on this project because the rails were in such bad shape to begin with. We used PITT-TECH DTM as the finish coat. This is a very good industrial enamel. We have used it on several interior and exterior projects.