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Painting Metal Cabinets

Give old metal kitchen cabinets new life with paint.

Your home improvement questions, answered by professionals from the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI), an association of remodeling professionals committed to providing consumers with high standards of quality, honesty, integrity, and responsibility.


How can I repaint metal kitchen cabinets? My kitchen cabinets are mostly metal with the exception of the doors on the upper cabinets, which are wood. What would be the best way to have these cabinets repainted? They are currently lemonade yellow which really isn't me.


You can paint your metal cabinets, but you would first want to clean them with an industrial cleaner to remove any kitchen grease and particulates. Then sand with 220- or 400-grit sandpaper followed by the application of a metal primer. Then you can finish with a coat of acrylic latex paint. The key is in the prep work.

Answered by: Travis Blake, Certified Remodeler, NARI

About Travis

Travis Blake is a certified remodeler with NARI who has been working in the remodeling industry for 22 years. He currently is the project manager for Maine Properties, Inc., a successful remodeling and property management company in Scarborough, Maine. Travis is a nationally certified door and window installer in addition to his considerable experience in all other aspects of remodeling.

Travis supervises extensive remodeling projects including major kitchen and bath renovations. Years of experience, a commitment to promoting the highest standards of quality, and a dedication to industry education make Travis a great resource for your remodeling questions and concerns.

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