Rated 4.5 out of 5 by 37
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by DTsang I read every single review....twice. Now here is mine!
We bought our house 5 years ago. The layout of the kitchen was awkward. We paid a contractor to remove a wall (the kitchen was a smaller triangle shape) and place a new one (making it an "L" shape). We added the wine rack cabinet and doubled the length of the island. Our new add-on Maple cabinets were to age over a few years and soon "blend" with the rest. Never happened and I didn't really like the maple, hence the Cabinet Coat.
I cleaned the cabinets with TSP solution then wiped them down with a clean wet rag. Once they were dry I did a little sanding on the major areas where the cabinets are touched. All cabinet doors were removed and laid flat for painting. Blue tape appliance edges and walls as much as you can so you are able to just use a roller on the cabinets boxes. No joke, if I tried to use a brush you could see the stroke in this paint. There were some areas I had to use a small brush (sides around oven) because I couldn't fit the roller. It looks ok but really the key with this paint is you need to be able to roll or spray.
I did my kitchen in sections which helped me learned from my mistakes quick. Rolling the exterior of the doors was smooth and leveled pretty well. But, it is impossible to roll all of my cabinet doors with their detailed design. If I had shaker cabinets this would not have been a problem. I had a rounded edge roller and even tried to use the edge of the smooth roller.
I loved the look but knew the imperfections, re-sanding and painting all over could not continue through the rest of the project. I bought the Wagner Control Spray Double Duty sprayer for about $80 from that other big home store. The cabinet coat brochure that comes with the paint will tell you exactly how to thin it with water. The sprayer made the doors look like a factory finish. I did use 3 coats of paint on everything which came out to be about 1 gallon and 1 quart of paint. I also waited the recommended time of 6 hours before reapplying.
The island I did in a different color and is not cabinet coat. For paint, sprayer, new knobs/handles, and a few misc supplies it is a total kitchen transformation. It was a long, time consuming process but I love the results. I completed the first side about a month ago and have had no problems with chipping. I just hope it really does hold up well like the other reviews have stated!
October 13, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by STRELA32 Professional Look!
It was a bit expensive, but it's worth every single penny! The paint does not run easily, and the molding above the kitchen cabinets has no brush strokes. Its a shiny finish without being too glossy. My best friend came to visit, and although very picky and brutally honest, said the cabinets looked brand new straight from the store! I am not new to painting projects, but I am still very much an amateur, however, it was my first time painting cabinets. If you need to paint your cabinets, please use this paint! It goes a long way, and I have so much left that now a can tackle my baseboards and shoe moldings.
Originally, my cabinets doors are made of MDF covered by thermofoil. The thermofoil was peeling and cracking in many doors. I removed the plastic from the doors with my hair dryer, but if you own a heatgun, that would be better. Netherless, they came off easily. I cleaned and primed with two coats of Zinzer Bulls eye 1-2-3, then painted the door with 3 coats of cabinet coat. For the molding and the boxes, I primed twice and used two coats of cabinet coat. I know it says it doesn't need to be primed, and that might be true for the majority, but on this case, where my cabinets are very slippery and "plasticky" (even the molding is covered by thermofoil). I did not removed thermofoil from the cabinet boxes and molding, since that would destroy them, and the way my cabinets are made, sanding was out of question as well. I have the pictures to illustrate the whole process. I hope that helps some of you, and because I don't intend to buy new cabinets anytime soon, I had to research extensively before I tackled this project safely.
October 24, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by moonmermaid83 A Great Way to Update Dingy Cabinets
I tested this on one of our cabinets to see how I liked it. I cleaned the cabinet with a tsp substitute and sanded. I found you need at least three coats of this paint. I took other people's advice and used a small roller and paintbrush for details. I loved how the cabinet looked so much that I began working on the rest right away. I finished the project in about two weeks. I also added handles to all of the doors .I feel like it is a whole new kitchen. It didn't break the bank either. I only needed 1 gallon and 1 quart. It was just enough. I would recommend it to anyone.
July 22, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by KTmommaUT Great finish when done, but took 3-4 coats to cover, even over primer.
Used this on our outdated honey oak laundry room cabinets, a new set of Melamime shelves/cubbies hubby built (also for laundry room), and a pair of old pine bookshelves. We will be purchasing a second can to do our fireplace mantel and bathroom cabinets.
When we finally got enough coats on the cabinets, they did look like they'd been professionally painted, and the finish is super tough. BUT, even with the cabinets sanded and primed (with ultra white Zisner Kiilz), it took 3 full coats and some touch-ups to get complete coverage.
The included foam roller in the kit gives decent coverage, but still left some faint texturing. However, I stumbled across a technique that yielded the best, most consistent results by accident... Turns out it's also the easiest!
I had a small foam brush for getting into the grooves of the cabinet doors, and accidentally ran it sideways along the frame of the cabinets and discovered that it left a near-perfect, stroke-free finish. At this point I was on my third coat for the cabinet base/frame and still hadn't started on the cabinet doors or shelving unit, and was beyond thrilled to have a possible shortcut, so I experimented a bit...
I soon found that if you use a large foam brush to spread the paint, and then immediately lay the brush down and use the handle to "push" it along the surface to smooth it out (you're no longer using it like a regular brush, but more like a scraper), it leaves a gorgeous, smooth finish* that laid down beautifully and did not need sanding.
Concerned this might only work because I did it on top of 2 coats of previously applied paint (that had been sanded), I further tested this "method" on the cabinet doors and the shelves/cubbies. I am delighted to report it worked PERFECTLY! It was SO much easier and faster than rolling it on, and ended up only needing a light sanding between coats because it was so smooth (I wouldn't have bothered, but the instructions say to sand for better adhesion).
*(At least with this paint, and while still wet - haven't tried it with other paints yet.)
I do NOT recommend this in a paint sprayer, though! It is a very thick paint, and even thinned as directed, the paint ended up having too much texture when sprayed. That of course then needed to be sanded down. Unfortunately hubby didn't believe me about the weird sponge brush method I had used on the cabinets and shelves, and he was hoping to speed up the process and make it even easier... He soon wished he'd followed my technique since he spent almost 4 hours sanding off the orange peel finish he unintentionally gave the pine bookcases with the first coat of the cabinet paint.
July 28, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Pepere Product Exceeds Expectations
After researching the right paint for my kitchen project I selected Cabinet Coat to be the finish on my cabinetry. My home was a fixer-upper and the kitchen had flat panelled doors and drawers in a two-toned Mauve and Beige laminate film. I made all new doors and drawers in a Shaker Style . The Cabinet Coat does not require a primer but I applied a primer coat as I was using new wood for the Shaker Doors. Each piece of cabinetry received a primer coat and three thin coats of the Cabinet Coat with each coat being sanded with a 220 grade sandpaper. The Cabinet Coat was applied using a High Density foam roller and the end result was a Factory-Like hard finish! The paint is thicker than normal paints and dries very quickly but goes a long way in its spreadibility. I was able to complete 34 doors and drawers and all of the cabinet frames using one gallon. The key to a factory-like hard finish is to apply thin coats, let dry the recommended time between each coat and fine sand between each coat! If you want a Smooth, Bright and Satin finish on your cabinetry then don't hesitate....Get Cabinet Coat....My neighbors cannot believe that I did this remodel myself. A new sink,faucet, granite counters, LED Tape lights, new knobs and pulls complete my kitchen remodel. Before and After pics attached
October 28, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by ljm58 Final product comes out great
Make sure you prepare your cabinets well. Clean well, especially if they are kitchen cabinets. Used TSP first, sand lightly,then a good primer so that they do not bleed & 2 coats of cabinet coat. Love the finish product..
October 27, 2012
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by clc This stuff really works!
I'm a recently retired health care manager who has always wanted to Flip houses as a 2nd career. While handier than most women concerning home repairs painting anything other than a wall was not my strong point. My current Flip had decent cabinets that were 33 years old and didn't want to go to the expense of replacing so decided to try painting them after reading many of these reviews. Happy to report the product is easy to use and really does make cabinets look like new again. To be fair it is a time consuming process with having to clean them first with TSP, wipe it off with damp rag, then sand and wipe off again and finally use a tack cloth before getting around to painting but again, well worth it and saved me thousands. Also, this covers a lot more than you think. I bought a gallon and a quart to begin with as I had 50 kitchen and bathroom cabinets and drawers to do and ended up returning the quart as had enough for 2 coats just with the gallon.
October 20, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Callmenee Easy but time consuming
I like the final result but it was a lot of work to get there; two months total all by myself.
For prep I sanded and tried using oil-based primer. I gave up on the primer since it gave a bad texture, which would require more sanding. So instead I only used primer on the fake wood pieces, and did at least 4 coats of paint. The paint dries fast, which can lead to mistakes. Any mistakes I sanded away and repainted.
I had to use a brush and not a roller, even the included one, because it gave the paint a bad texture. I could only paint so much in a day because of the strain on my wrist. I think the paint is too thick, and so towards the end of the project I ended up watering it down a little.
Regarding the paint color, I didn't want such a bright white so I asked HD to dye it for me. The two paint people there were confused and didn't want to, for fear of ruining the paint. So I convinced them and we came up with the color C10301 / LL010.5 / KX10200 , which is still white, but a little more creamy yellow.
The paint finish is great; not too shiny and strong. Stains wipe right off.
I love my new kitchen!
January 11, 2014