I have always used MLC pre and post-cat lacquer for finishing, even painted colors. I have a neighbor who is in desperate need of a make-over in her small kitchen and her budget and my time constraints won't allow for me to take her cabinets down and finish for her in my shop. She wants to paint them and I am looking for a suitable paint that she can apply on the doors/drawer fronts and face frames. The cabinets are finished with white lacquer (I have no idea what kind but due to the age and the fact that I know the shop that originally built them they are probably just an old type of high-build).
So, I'm looking for suggestions for her for a fairly user-friendly paint. Budget is also a consideration. Right now she's looking at just a satin latex from SW. I know nothing that fits her requirements is going to be ideal as far as durability but trust me, with the present condition of the cabs it's going to be an improvement.
From contributor G:
Will she be degreasing, removing silicone polish and roughing the surface first as prep?
It sands well if you have to second coat unlike latex and looks good with a brush if you have even marginal skills. Sherwin Williams has many pricing levels. The prices are a lot lower if you have a painter buddy or contractor friend who will let you use their account number to get the good pricing. It doesn't hurt to ask them for "contractor price". I may or may not get it depending on what store I shop at. I have painted more than a few old cabinets for friends and have had good luck either brushed or sprayed with this stuff. It looks like oil but dries quick like waterbased.
Then send one of your guys out to fully mask and drape off the kitchen area (charge them a day’s labor for your guy and $100 for tape, plastic, and paper). Stick a box fan in a window with a filter and spray waterbase primer - two coats with a quick sanding after coat number two. Then use a pigmented topcoat (two coats). Charge them $250 plus material.
Vacuum and remove masking. Have them clean all final dust and sweep up overspray. Then spray the doors at your shop and have them re-hang. Charge them $300. You can do the job on the cheap for around $1000-$1200. If they can't spend that then tell them to save up until they can.