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Boss Design Center

I agree with you on the fact that it is much easier to touch up stained cabinets than painted cabinets. However, touching up painted cabinets is not an impossible task, and I have done numerous paint touch ups for cabinets throughout my career. The key is to always have a stock of great alternatives on hand just in case the exact color cannot be found. I have also developed a list of where I can find rarer paint colors just in case a client wants their painted cabinets touched up.

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Rae Daily

As a homeowner, I would try to have an extra can of all the paints in my house around. At least they can color-match it if it gets too old. A local custom cabinet maker advertises that their version of paint is a "pigmented conversion varnish". It would be interesting to get a pro's thoughts on that method of "painting" cabinets. I have yet to check out their work in person, which I would of course do before hiring them.

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Pacific Coast Cabinetry

Typically cabinets are not finished with 'paint'- but a lacquer or varnish. We used a pigmented lacquer for years and it sealed well against all the heat and moisture in kitchens, but does become brittle and can crack. The key to using it, is to make sure the primer adheres, so everything is locked onto the surface. Over the last few years, more of the water based product line has become much better and we usually use Breakthough now. It can be tinted to any color from any vendor if the formula is available and creates a durable, smooth finish like satin. Folks refinishing cabinets at home may paint, and that is great- just make sure you are prepping the surface well with TSP to cut grease and then sanding to make sure your paint will stay.

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