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Hand-painted kitchen day 3

Listed under Blog, hand-painted kitchen Posted Sep 05 2011

The third day of this kitchen repaint was pretty much like Day 2! Full-on clean and rubbing down, to remove all traces of 16 years of regular use.

These are the tools and sundries required to do five star prep work.

And this is how some of it ended up being used.

So I lined the floor and worktops with 1200 lining. On the floor I used cheap high tack masking tape to secure the paper, and Kleenedge blue tape for the worktops.

Inside edge of cupboards I used the Japanese tape, which does seem to be really good tape.

I label every door and cupboard, and put all hinges and handles in a plastic sandwich bag.

Once the kitchen is protected, I use wet n dry abrasive WET to clean down the lacquered doors and frames. Wet n dry cuts through grease and at the same time provides a super key for the high adhesion primer. The process is, to wipe a door with a damp sponge, sand down, cleaning the abrasive with the sponge, then wipe off residue from doors with a rough rag before it dries solid. This gets doors 95%+ ready for priming.

When everything has dried thoroughly, it looks like the kitchen is ready to paint BUT it isn’t. I wipe every surface with a tack rag. I wrap the rag around a blade to get into the corners.

This is the dust and gunk that the rag dislodged and wouldn’t stay in the rag.

Imagine that amount of dust distributed evenly on your primed surfaces! Would make a mockery of all your prep up to this point. So this tack rag stage is the best 2 hours ever spent really before painting work begins.

At this stage, you can mae a choice now on what system to apply and how.

For me, next day is priming with Dulux Supergrip Primer, my preferred bonder coat over clear lacquer. I use a roller and brush, because this is a traditional hand-painted kitchen. Spray is an option, or a mix of spray and brush…

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