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What Kind of Paints and Finishes do Professional Kitchen Cabinet Refinishers Use?

Tired of your kitchen’s design? Want a fresh new look? Consider refinishing your kitchen cabinets. When you refinish your worn-out kitchen cabinets, your kitchen is transformed from dull to dynamic. But it’s not a DIY job and there are a lot of things to consider before calling a professional kitchen cabinet refinisher to do the job right. For instance, you may have a vision in mind and know what color you want your cabinetry to be painted. But maybe you’re unsure of what type of paint and finish your pro will use.

Below, we break down the different paints and finishes good cabinet refinishers use. Armed with this information you can ask all the right questions when deciding on a cabinet painter to be sure they’re using the best and most durable paints and finishes.

Cabinet Painting

There are a handful of paints to choose from when cabinet refinishing. There are oil-based, latex and waterborne paints. To be sure your cabinets stand the test of time, a good refinisher considers the fact that the kitchen is a high traffic, high moisture area. They will choose paints and finishes that are affordable, durable and high performance.

A common paint many refinishers use on kitchen cabinets is latex. More specifically, most cabinet refinishers choose acrylic latex. They tell their customers that it’s the best choice because it’s water resistant. Another bonus feature of latex is that it emits very little odor. You may be thinking this must be the best choice for my kitchen update. But there’s an even better choice out there.

Greenville Refinishing in Upstate South Carolina takes quality to the next level. On top of using the industry leading bonding primer, they use a waterborne lacquer on your cabinets. This paint has very little odor, like latex, but it’s more durable than any other paint, making your cabinets stand the test of time for much longer than other choices. Additionally, it cleans better because it has a smoother finish, and it’s the most water-resistant paint available. In short, it’s a better product than latex.


Paint comes in a few different finishes-satin, matte, and semi-gloss. Pros avoid matte because it is very hard to clean. For the same reason, most kitchen cabinet refinishers avoid satin. If you’d really like satin; however, the guys at Greenville Refinishing offer a satin finish that is easy to clean because of its water-soluble properties.

Semi-gloss is a great finish choice for cabinetry. It’s durable in high traffic areas and hides fingerprints, smudges, and scratches well. On top of that, it’s easy to clean. Another reason pros and homeowners like semi-gloss is that it helps reflect light. Your kitchen, therefore, will seem more open and larger.

Call A Cabinet Refinisher

Are you getting excited about refinishing your cabinet? If you’re in Upstate South Carolina, be sure to call the pros at Greenville Refinishing. They will come to your home and give you a direct quote and have you on your way to a more dynamic kitchen. You can see images of our work here. Happy renovating!


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