Do You Have to Sand Down Cabinets Before Painting?

Whether small or large, a kitchen is the heart of the home. Your kitchen is where meals are created. Your kitchen fuels the bodies, minds and souls of friends and families all over the world. Kitchens just have that natural way of bringing people closer together. 

Because your kitchen is a major focal point of your home, we often think about upgrading the interior paint, the backsplash, the appliances, granite or even extending it, but what about giving a little bit of TLC to your cabinets? Afterall, your cabinets are what holds the cups, bowls, plates, spices and more that nourish your family. 

Read below to see if refurbishing your cabinets is a DIY job for you or if you should contact the trusted kitchen painters at Texas Professional Painting to bring out the beauty of your home’s kitchen. 

When You Should Sand The Cabinets

While you may have seen products out there that claim you do not have to sand your cabinet doors before a cabinet painting, oftentimes it is necessary to maintain flawless and durable cabinetry. 

You should sand your cabinets before priming if the old paint is chipping, you’re trying to change the texture of the surface, or if you’re planning on using a water-based primer. If your cabinets show scratches or are just really dinged up and you want to smooth out the wood grain, sanding may also be necessary. 

While sanding is not necessary for all cabinets, you should make a note to sand your cabinets lightly after you prime and in between each coat of paint for a smoother finish. 

Why You Don’t Need to Sand Cabinets Before You Paint Them 

If your cabinets are raw wood and completely unfinished, there is no need to sand them before painting. Additionally, a surface that has been painted recently, say within the last year, also does not necessarily need to be sanded, but may be a good idea if you’re willing to do it and if the current coat of paint is uneven. 

Cleaning and prepping the wood, priming, and sanding in between coats of paint are absolutely necessary for a great finished product, but one thing you can skip is sanding your cabinets before painting them. Yes, this may go against everything you’ve ever been told about painting, but trust us. Instead of sanding, there are other ways to clean your cabinets thoroughly before priming them, such as with mineral spirits and rough scrubbing pads. 

Why don’t you need to sand your kitchen cabinets before painting them? The answer is simple. The problem with sanding down to the wood is that it creates potential moisture to seep in or out of the wood. Moisture and wood are not a good combination – and with your cabinets being in a kitchen that is prone to spills, stains and splatters, your cabinets are more vulnerable when being sanded right away instead of in between coats. 

A San Antonio Painting Company You Can Trust 

Texas Professional Painting is a San Antonio painting company you can trust. As an interior painting company, we understand the visual impact of your home doesn’t stop at your walls. Let us guide you in selecting the perfect colors and stains for your cabinets that will complement the rest of your home’s beauty for years to come. 

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