Oil-Based Paints vs Latex Paint for Cabinet Painting

Every morning you sit in your Gilbert kitchen and stare at those cabinets. And every morning you think, “I really need to do something about those.” And after a few months you decide to go DIY on those cabinets and transform them into exactly what you want them to be. So you buy some paint and get to work. Unfortunately, painting cabinets is not all it’s cracked up to be and you quickly learn that you probably should have done some additional research into painting kitchen cabinets.


Where to Begin

An often overlooked step to painting kitchen cabinets is the type of paint used. In fact, this is probably one of the most important steps and yet so many Gilbert homeowners who decide to go DIY simply take the first paint their local hardware store associate tells them. That would be your first mistake.blog_painting kitchen cabinets in gilbert, az


Determining what type of cabinet wood you have is paramount. Knowing the surface material will help you select the perfect paint for the project.


You’ll also need to evaluate the quality of your current Gilbert cabinets. If they are not high-quality cabinets to begin with, many times it just makes more sense to replace them. Do not spend money to reface cabinets that are already worn out and worn down.


Cabinets made before the 80’s tend to have thicker plywood and were built of better, stronger materials. Those ugly 70’s cabinets might actually save you some money.


Oil vs Latex Paint for Cabinets

You’ll need to decide whether you want to use oil-based paint or latex paint for your cabinet project. Oil-based paint does apply smoother and cover the wood thoroughly. Oil-based paint also fades less with time and is easier to keep clean.


However, oil-based paint is messy and harmful to the environment, as well as your lungs and the lungs of little ones. Oil-based paints for cabinets have a tendency to crack with time.


Latex paints are easy to cleanup and not as harmful to the environment. Latex paints for cabinets are simply easier to work with, less mistakes, and dry much faster.


However, latex paints will cause the cabinet wood to swell if that wood was not sealed before the latex paint was applied. Latex paint is sensitive to temperatures, so here in Arizona where it can get incredibly hot that latex paint will shrink during drying. Latex stains easier and will not last as long as oil-based paints.


In the end, latex paint is the way to go if you are unfamiliar with cabinet painting. Oil-based paints are for the experienced, advanced painter.


Your best bet is to talk to a Gilbert kitchen specialist here at Capital Mark. In all reality, while paint is the more affordable way to go initially it can end up costing more in the long run. New cabinets will withstand the test of time, while paint will yellow, fade and crack over time. Come in and talk to us today to find out what the best option is for your Gilbert kitchen cabinets.