We love stumbling across customers using our products on DIY and decorating forums and even better when people are recommending them to others! We found this discussion at SingleTrack in which many DIYers and professionals were offering advice to a home DIYer looking to repaint their pine kitchen cupboards. They initially planned to use a high street brand of cupboard paint but after much discussion and many recommendations decided to follow a different path.
Why not use cupboard paint?
As suggested by many of the users on SingleTrack, if this customer had used cupboard paint they would have had to first clean all the surfaces with a sugar soap solution, then painstakingly sand every nook and cranny, then apply a primer and finally apply up to 4 or 5 coats of cupboard paint…making this a very long and laborious job!
How to get your kitchen cupboards repainted quickly
Instead of sanding all those intricate details, there is a better and much quicker way! First, it is still necessary to clean all the surfaces with a sugar soap solution and allow them to dry thoroughly. This is because kitchen surfaces can become very greasy (even in the cleanest of kitchens!) and this will prevent the paint from bonding well. However, once this is done rather than beginning the long and very laborious task of sanding, simply use Easy Surface Prep (ESP) to prepare the surfaces for painting.
ESP is Owatrol’s wipe-on wipe-off product which prepares shiny or non-porous surfaces for painting in just 5 minutes – even tricky melamine cupboards! To use ESP you simply apply it to the surface using a brush, roller or cloth and leave it for 5 minutes. Then wipe off any excess ESP using a clean cloth and allow 2 hours before painting. Your paint will adhere strongly to the surface with absolutely no need for any sanding or priming – perfect! You can now apply your paint any time up to a week after using the ESP but be aware that if more than a week has passed you will need to apply the ESP again.
Really, no sanding AND no priming?
Yes, really. ESP creates a strong film on the surface which allows paint (both oil and water based) to adhere to with no need for priming first. This customer chose to use a Farrow and Ball eggshell paint but your choice of finish is entirely up to you. Just be sure to apply it according to the manufacturer’s instructions. ESP is particularly useful for getting paint to adhere to those tricky surfaces without sanding such as painting melamine kitchen cupboards or bathroom tiles.
Before and After Repainting the kitchen cupboards
As you can see, the finish this DIYer has achieved is great and they have had to do no sanding or priming – even on the intricate areas of paintwork. It just shows that it’s not always necessary to fork out thousands for a new kitchen – don’t be put off from revamping your current kitchen by the thought of weeks of work with tedious sanding. Just use ESP and save yourself so much time.
The customer was absolutely thrilled with the results and had this to say:
That ESP stuff is like liquid gold!
One of the other forum users giving advice to use ESP said:
I wouldn’t paint a kitchen without it.
Don’t forget you can buy ESP direct from Owatrol with next working day delivery.