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One Surprising Thing You Don't Have to Do Before Priming Your Kitchen Cabinets - Paint Project

One Surprising Thing You Don't Have to Do Before Priming Your Kitchen Cabinets - Paint Project
From The Kitchn - September 13, 2017

Painting kitchen cabinets is a multi-step process that can give you great resultsif you do it right! And according to Chris and Lexi Dowding of SwatchOut in Michigan, adequate prep work is the key to success. Labeling your doors, cleaning and prepping the wood, priming, and sanding in between coats of paint are absolutely necessary for a great finished product.

But one thing they say you can skip? You do not need to sand your cabinets before painting them. In fact, they advise against it. Yes, we realize this may go against everything you have ever learned about painting.

Keep reading to find out why they are anti-sanding and what they do instead.

Why You Do not Need to Sand Cabinets Before You Paint Them

Chris and Lexi say they have never sanded kitchen cabinets before painting them. Why not? "The problem with sanding down to the wood is that it creates the potential for moisture to seep in or out of the wood," says Chris. Moisture and wood can obviously be a bad combination. And there's obviously lots more moisture (steam! Spills! Splatters!) in a kitchen than, say, a bedroom where you may want to paint a wooden dresser. "We use a strong resin-based primer that works as a sealer, too, so there's just no need to sand first," Chris adds.

More on that magical primer: The Best Primer for Painting Your Kitchen Cabinets

What You Should Do Instead

When You Should Sand The Cabinets

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