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Poggenpohl kitchen refurbishment – masking tape

Listed under Blog, hand-painted kitchen, Masking tape, preparation Posted Dec 25 2011

Masking tape plays an important role (excuse the pun) when refurbishing a Poggenpohl oak kitchen. It is 15 years old, very practical and built like the Bismarck, but it needs a facelift and there is a rack that needs masking tape to protect it.

The owners did not want to pay out a large 5-figure sum on a new kitchen which would essentially be a different colour but performed exactly the same job as this “old” one, so they called in the kitchen painter. Below are a couple of details that you might want to bear in mind on your next kitchen refurbishment project.

Masking tape on a plate rack

Although the idea is for me to remove all visible trace of the oak, there are times when an original feature really works. I find that plate racks look pretty sharp if the spindles are left natural. Also, the clear lacquer is more practical than painted.

Ordinarily, both racks are screwed in, but only one of these was. So when you can’t remove something you have to find a way round it. Masking up was a fiddle, but it was the only way I can think of to paint the back of the unit. (I will spray paint the back with a diddy Sata Minijet HVLP gun.)

Masking tape on a wine rack

Ditto the wine rack. When the rest of the area is painted in Normandy Gray, this oak feature will look very sharp.

I used Trimaco Kleenedge which is quite stout tape.

However the Axus low tack orange tape worked better on the front section, as it is very very pliable. (Update This San’yo tape has since been withdrawn as it wasn’t reliable enough in general use. The paper thin tape from KIP would be a replacement option when you need to wrap around awkward surfaces like this.)

All I have to do now is wet sand the whole kitchen with wet ‘n dry abrasive, prime, undercoat and 2 topcoats of Little Greene oil based eggshell.

The end result is featured on the main painted kitchen page

If you have any questions about kitchen paint, preparation, colours or ideas for upgrades, come over to the forum and pick the brains of the best in the business on the hand-painted kitchens forum.

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