I painted and the cupboards started peeling, what do I do?

I thought I was painting unstained wood, but after I painted several cupboards, they soon started peeling. What should I do? My cupboards are in an unfinished state.

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Mystic462 has hit the nail on the head. Your failing paint job will have to be completely removed. If the cabinets had not been degreased they will need to be. A thorough sanding, followed by a good oil primer, then two coats of a quality finish paint. You can get good results from a latex finish paint but some hold up better than others in this application. talk to the sales people at the paint store and ask them for a product for kitchen cabinets. most manufactures have products that lend themselves to this task more favorably than others.

  • Shar
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago

    Did you use an acrlyic paint? If so the wood may have been treated with an oil-base, in which case, acrylic will not holdup on an oil base. Try removing the paint you applied and then use an oil-based paint. I had the same problem when painting my house. Was not aware that an oil base had previously been used. The whole paint job peeled.

  • Joe K
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago

    After you get done sanding and/or stripping off the paint, prime it with Glidden Gripper. Thats indeed the best primer that I have used. I actually used this product to paint ceramic tile in my bathroom and the paint job is still holding up after 6 years.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Regardless of whetehr they were stained, they were still likely sealed with a clear coat. You'll need to lightly sand it to score the surface and then use a good quality primer. Even on unfinished would, you need to prime.

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  • 1 decade ago

    start over, this time scrub them well ,and make sure to rinse the soap off thourghly. after they are completely dry use a primer, you can get it the same place you get paint, and follow the directions on the can,your results should be great!

  • 1 decade ago

    You could just sand down your cupboards...and buy maybe an oil based paint...

  • 1 decade ago

    You need to put a stripper on it. Wear a mask and gloves it's strong stuff. Go to a good hardware store they will tell you which product will be best and anything else you have to do.

  • 1 decade ago

    You are going to have to strip them and sand them down. Then you need to prime them before repainting.

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