One of the of the quickest and more affordable ways to refresh and update your home is with a simple coat of paint. Painting is fast and can renew the look of any surface. However, when it is time to repaint, know that some surfaces may be harder to paint than others. One surface that requires a few more steps to repaint is polyurethane. There are a number of different materials that are coated with polyurethane. McKay’s Painting will share how polyurethane should be properly painted.
What is Polyurethane Used for in the Home?
Polyurethane is a common top coat for a number of different items in the home. Polyurethane is most commonly found on kitchen or bathroom cabinets, on wooden floors, doors, trim, and furniture. When these surfaces need to be repainted, you never want to simply put a new coat of paint over the polyurethane. Polyurethane is a protective surface which is designed to prevent scratches or other surface damages. Polyurethane can prevent paint from adhering to the surface which is why polyurethane surfaces in your home will require more steps than simply repainting.
Tips for Painting Polyurethane
One of the most common surfaces that has polyurethane in the home in need of new paint is cabinets. When you want to repaint your kitchen cabinets, you will need to take a few steps to prepare them for paint. When taking on a project, you will need to wear eye protection, gloves, face mask, and wear clothes that cover most of your skin. You will need to sand down and use chemicals. Therefore you will want to protect your eyes, lungs and skin. With proper safety precautions, you will want to remove the cabinet doors, drawers, and all of the hardware. You will want to clean the surface of the cabinet, as well as the doors and drawers with a mineral spirit. Use a circular motion when cleaning the surface. Remove all grime or grease that may be on the surface. You can fill in all of the holes, dents and major missing chunks in the surface with a filler. Once the filler has dried you will need to sand down the surface. You can use a lower grit sandpaper to work out any imperfections. However, always finish with a finer grain sandpaper to smooth the surface. As you sand down the surface you may need to periodically wipe down the surface with the mineral spirit. You can also use a liquid sandpaper which helps to remove polyurethane. You will need to make sure the polyurethane has been completely removed to ensure paint adheres to the surface. Once the surface has been cleared of the previous polyurethane, the next step is to clean the surface and prime it. Use an oil-based paint primer for cabinets. Make sure to allow the primer to dry overnight. If the surface of the cabinets are super grainy, you may need to apply two coats. After the cabinets have been primed, you can then apply the paint. Allow the paint to dry overnight then. If desired you can put a surface coat of polyurethane sealer to protect the cabinets and give them a bit of shine.