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Painting cherry cabinets4/5
Looked at a refinishing job and homeowners wants to paint the cabinets in white or off white
As long as you do a good prep job and use a good hiding primer you should be fine. If you're tied to ML Campbell, I would suggest their White Vinyl primer, it hides MUCH better than clawlock, and can still be used underneath their post cat topcoats.
Cherry itself paints just fine, with proper finish schedule you shouldn't be able to see the difference between a cherry or maple door once they are done.
If they are cherry wood, they are already painted with a heavily tinted clear top coat. If they are cherry then they have a clear. It doesn't really matter.
You aren't refinishing. You are painting. Clean it with Simple Green or TSP if you are a fan. Sand the gloss off the original finish. Prime it. This will highlight the defects. Fill them with a high quality spackle or your favorite filler. 2 top coats and you are done.
I would agree with Tyler with one exception. My first coat would be a clear vinyl sealer clear. I like this step it will stick to rust about anything once u scuff sand. I think it sands much easier than the pigmented. Do not catelize the clear coat.
After that follow Tyler. Cleaning is always a great idea but I do not like the wash them off thing a lot of people do it. I just donít trust putting water on old stuff than much.
All gave great advice cherry paints nicely
Sounds like I shouldn't have any problems and get a nice finish
You should ask your customer if they are expecting to be able to see the texture of the cherry grain or if they are expecting a white, plastic-formica look to the surface. The painted cherry that one gets from a cabinet company, Dutch-Made, for example has the cherry grain telegraphing through the finish. You can "see" that it's cherry, even though the finish is opaque.
Those aesthetics matter quite a bit to some customers.