UPDATE: >>>>> If you’re still not 100% comfortable after reading this, I've added a couple of workshop dates here. Take a workshop to practice practice practice so you gain all the confidence and experience you need to go home and do your own!
No need to be frightened or intimidated at the thought of re-painting your cabinets. Keep reading to learn how to easily and inexpensively refinish your cabinets!
Why Fusion Mineral Paint?
Fusion has a built in top coat. The 100% acrylic resin acts as the “glue and so results in fantastic adhesion and long-term super durability. It is a waterproof, non-porous surface which is why you don’t typically need an additional top coat.
Fusion is non-toxic, lead free, virtually odourless. It has no ammonia or formaldehyde and it has zero volatile organic compounds (VOC’s).
- TSP or good degreasing cleaner - I used LA's Totally Awesome Orange
- Sandpaper - 200 grit
- Fusion Ultra Grip
- Fusion Mineral Paint in Liberty Blue
If you’re going to spend your precious time refinishing your cabinets, do not scrimp on the prep! Read more “PREP is not a bad 4 letter word!” .
This prep step took me no more than 10 minutes and it's so worth it!
Your cabinets were typically professionally finished to repel grease, splashes, food, dirty fingers and as a result the finish also repels a new paint job! Cabinets have many finishes (Laminate, Melamine, Lacquered, Varnished ...) and you will need to prep to make any paint (Fusion included) adhere. PREP is the key to a fantastic result.
1.1 Wipe your cabinets with a de-greaser or TSP and then rinse the cabinets with clean water and wipe dry.
1.2 Then sand lightly
If your surface is a synthetic finish like laminate or melamine and is still very shiny, apply a coat of Ultra Grip and allow it to dry for 12 hours.
If you’re going from a dark colour to light, our Colour Blocker will save you money! It’s half the price of Fusion because it is made of 100% recycled paint and pigment from the factory. Read more here on Colour Blocker.
Apply 1 to 2 coats of Fusion Mineral Paint waiting 12 hours between coats. Fusion Mineral Paint has incredible coverage, however it’s always best to apply two coats rather than trying to get it all done in one thicker coat. You’ll find your first coat will do 95%, and that second coat will cover anything that you missed.
Take the doors off (as painting them horizontally is a best practice,) but if you want to leave them on - no worries! Just leave the doors open while you wait 12 hours between coats.
To get the best from Fusion’s self-levelling properties, practice makes perfect. Before you start painting, wet your brush and give it a good shake. Let the brush do the work for you and minimize brush strokes by having just enough paint on the brush, so the paint will self-level. Too much paint and you will leave brush marks behind. Practice makes perfect! If, despite your best efforts, you end up with texture you don’t like, you can gently sand the brush strokes away.
Do my cabinets need a top coat?
Fusion Mineral Paint has a built-in top coat, so no top coat is needed! That said, there are two reasons you may want to add our Tough Coat.
- in high splash zones like kitchens or bathrooms, there is no harm adding another layer of protection.
- if you’re looking for a little more sheen than the signature matte finish of Fusion Mineral Paint, Tough Coat will finish to a beautiful satin sheen. It also has a proven non-yellowing formula so they won’t yellow your pristine freshly painted white cabinets!