Paint Applicators for Kitchen Cabinets

Learn what type of paint applicators you should use to repaint your kitchen cabinets.

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.


What's the best applicator to use to paint kitchen cabinets? Can you offer advice about what kind of brush or roller I should use?


The first thing you need to do is degloss the cabinets or paint isn't going to get good adhesion. Once the prep work (the most important part) is done, then it's up to you to get the look you want. A brush is always going to result in a brush stroke look while a roller will give you a more even finish. If you have a raised panel door, you will need a brush to get into the nooks and crannies, then you can finish with a roller. A sprayer will give you the most even finish. Take the handles off the doors. then spray. This will give you the best look (just be careful the spray paint doesn't run).

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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