Cabinet Painting San Diego

Expert Cabinet Painting in San Diego

Are your cabinets outdated? Maybe you want more of a beachy feel? Or maybe they’re chipping or stained with grease.  We can take care of all of that for you! Because cabinets get so much traffic and are often the focal point of a room, we use top of the line materials and don’t skip any steps when painting them. Our detail-oriented and methodical approach to painting cabinets prevents paint drips, ensures longevity, and is what sets us apart from our competitors.

If you’re tired of the way your kitchen cabinets look, you don’t have to pay to have a new kitchen installed. Save money and give your kitchen a facelift by having your space transformed by our experts who specialize in cabinet painting in San Diego.

Our Cabinet Painting Process

For most projects, we start by lightly sanding any varnish or sheen that is currently on the cabinets. Once that is finished, we wet wipe down the dust caused by sanding and then apply Zinsser’s B-I-N Shellac-Based Ultimate Stain Blocking Primer.  After the primer has dried, we lightly sand the primer coat to ensure that the top coats adhere effectively. After wet wiping down the dust from lightly sanding the primer, we apply two to three coats of Dunn Edwards’ Aristoshield, an ultra-premium enamel formulated with advanced water-based urethane alkyd technology for an oil-like finish.

If you’re looking for professional cabinet painting in San Diego, contact us today on 619-356-0830 or complete our contact form!

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What sheen of paint should you use on cabinets?

We recommend using a paint with a higher sheen for cabinets, like semi-gloss, because it dries harder, and so is more durable for high traffic areas such as cabinets. Higher sheens are also easier to clean.

What type of paint should you use on cabinets?

We recommend using an urethane alkyd enamel paint, which is a hybrid between an oil and water-based paint, which makes for the ideal balance between durability and flexibility.

What kind of primer should you use on cabinets?

We suggest using shellac, an alcohol-based primer. Shellac ensures no knot holes or tannins in the wood come through the finish coat. With some light sanding, it can go over any water-based, oil-based, or lacquer-based existing coat without any issues. It also dries in about 15 minutes. None of these features are true for a water-based primer.

Do you spray or roll cabinets?

We typically do a combination of spraying and rolling. The reason we roll the faces of the cabinet doors and drawers is so that if you, the homeowner, ever have to touch up in the future, the stipple matches. Chances are, you are not going to break out a sprayer for touch ups. You will most likely do a touch up with a roller. For this reason, we roll the faces, so that when you touch up, the texture matches and you can’t tell where you touched up.

Do I have to remove the contents of my cabinets for them to be painted?

No. We mask and protect the contents of the cabinets in a way that this is not necessary. However, we usually ask you to remove the contents from your drawers so we can paint them.

How long does it take to paint kitchen cabinets?

It takes us 2-3 days to paint the standard set of kitchen cabinets.

How long does it take for the paint on the cabinets to dry? When can I close my cabinet doors and drawers?

Although your cabinets will be dry to the touch in a few hours, they will not fully cure for 48-72 hours. For this reason, we recommend you wait 2-3 days before closing the doors and drawers. We also recommend putting handles on the doors and drawers, and cabinet bumpers on the two points of contact on both the doors and drawers. This will significantly extend the life of your paint job.

How many coats does it take to paint cabinets?

We recommend doing at least one coat of shellac primer, and 2 coats of urethane alkyd enamel paint. If you’re going from a dark color to a very light color, we recommend 2 coats of primer and 2 coats of paint.

  • Kristin A – Pacific Beach East

    Justin and Jeff absolutely TRANSFORMED my cabinets from an outdated and boring bare wood to a modern, beachy feel. I love it! My whole kitchen feels new. Thanks guys!

  • Dave T – Ocean Beach, San Diego, CA

    I can’t recommend these guys enough! I hired them to paint my entire interior. I was especially impressed with what they were able to do with the cabinets. They were covered in grease splatter and dark smudges. Now they look fresh and have a nice sheen to them so they’re easy to clean and less prone to moisture damage.

  • Amy R – Point Loma, San Diego, CA

    I was impressed with J Brown Painting’s attention to detail. They didn’t just slap some wall paint on my cabinets. They sanded the heck out of them, primed them, and put on some sort of water and oil hybrid paint! It’s supposed to be more durable. No complaints so far!

  • Ruthie Baer

    The J Brown Painting team did a fantastic job painting my wooden cabinets white. They look brand new! The owner Justin is very communicative and spent extra time with me answering my questions and setting expectations. All costs were clear and upfront as well as the schedule. The painters were on time each day, professional, treated my belongings with care, and the outcome is flawless. I recommend J Brown Painting 100%

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