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What Type of Paint and Finish Do Cabinet Refinishers Use?

It’s no secret that refinishing your kitchen cabinets can have a dramatic impact on the look and feel of your kitchen. If you’ve been thinking of refinishing your cabinets, you probably have the color paint you want to be applied to your cabinetry picked out. But maybe you’re not sure what kind of paint and finish will be used by your professional cabinet refinisher. Below is a breakdown of what the pros use.

Cabinet Painting

When deciding on paint, there are some options. These options are oil-based paints, latex paints, and ultimately, waterborne paints. Because the kitchen is a high-moisture space, pros choose brands and finishes that are durable, affordable and perform well.

Latex is a common paint a lot of refinishers use on kitchen cabinets. Most cabinet refinishers choose acrylic latex. They often tell customers that it’s the best choice because it has very little odor and is water resistant.

But some cabinet refinishers like those at Greenville Refinishing in Upstate South Carolina take quality to the next level. On top of using the industry leading bonding primer, they use an acrylic waterborne lacquer on your cabinets. Like acrylic latex, this paint has very little odor, and it’s more durable than any other paint. It also cleans better because it has a smoother finish, and it’s the most water-resistant paint available.


Paint comes in a few different finishes-matte, satin and semi-gloss. Pros know to avoid matte finishes, as they are very difficult to clean. Most also avoid satin for the same reason. However, the folks at Greenville Refinishing offer a satin finish that is easy to clean because of its water-soluble properties.

Semi-gloss is an excellent finish choice for cabinetry. It’s easy to clean, durable in high traffic spaces, and hides scratches and fingerprints well. 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

Getting excited about your kitchen update? If you’re in Upstate South Carolina, be sure to call the pros at Greenville Refinishing for an in-home quote to have you on your way to a more dynamic kitchen!

Craig Byrne

July 22, 2022


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