Painting Thermofoil Cabinet Doors- Although thermofoil cabinets are easy to maintain, they can be difficult to paint. The material is usually not meant to be painted but it can be done with proper preparation. Thermofoil is created by heat-fusing a thin layer of laminate vinyl; to a base material like a particle
board. It is intended to portray the look of being painted but without brush strokes or any paint used. If you decide that you don’t like the colour of your thermofoil cabinet doors, here are some steps to take to paint it yourself.
Painting or Staining Thermofoil Cabinets
Step 1: Preparation
- Clear all objects
from your cupbaords.
- Detach your kitchen cabinet doors if you want to paint/prime them separately. Use a screwdriver.
- Clean off any dust, dirt or debris from the cabinet. Use a clean and warm damp cloth. Make sure you target the corners.
- Using a sponge, clean the cabinet with your home cleaning solution. Solution should be made of warm water and liquid soap.
- Dry the cabinets with a dry washcloth or paper towel.
Step 2: Sand
- With the use of sandpaper,
carefully smooth it out. Focus on any rough areas. This creates a smooth surface that your paint and primer will be able to stick to properly.
- Thermofoil cabinet doors are generally sensitive to quick and rough sanding. Make sure you are as gentle on the surfaces as possible.
- Clean the cabinets again with a damp cloth. Use painters tape to seal off the surrounding area of your cabinet. This protects it from paint/primer drops.
Step 3: Prime
- Before you prime, look at the
primers packaging. Make sure that the primer can be used on thermofoil kitchen cabinets.
- Open the closes windows and doors. You will need proper ventilation.
- Using a paintbrush, apply the primer to the cabinets in wide, even strokes.
- If you are painting the cabinet doors individually, put them on a small tarp, towel or blanket. Apply the primer.
- Allow the first coat of primer to dry. Apply the second coat using the same process.
- Throw out the tarp, towel or blanket.
Step 4: Paint
- Make sure the second coat of primer is dry.
- Use a paint brush or roller to apply latex paint. Use wide, even strokes. Foam is usually optimal for applying paint to thermofoil.
- Wait for the first coat of paint to dry. Apply a second coat. If needed, apply a third coat.
- When your last coat is fully dried, use a clean cloth to wipe a coat of polyurethane varnish on the cabinet surface.
- When the varnish has dried, proceed to remove your painter’s tape.
- Using a screwdriver, put together your cabinet doors to the cabinet frame.
Remember that Not all paint is made for laminate application. Check with your local hardware store to find out which paints work best for your individual needs. If you still feel overwhelmed, consider hiring Home Painters Toronto to assist you through this process.
Call us now at 416 494 9095 OR email us at Brian@HomePaintersToronto.com and we will be happy to assist you with painting (or spraying!) your kitchen cabinets and a free cost estimate!