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Can exterior paint be used on interior kitchen cabinets?

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Posted 2013-08-23T21:27:08+0000  by HomeDShopper HomeDShopper
 

 

HomeDShoper,

 

It would not be advisable to use exterior paint on your cabinets. Exterior paints are formulated  to be more elastic than interior paints to handle the wide swings in temperatures and humidity. To this extent, they are softer and gummier than interior paints. Any surfaces that should come into contact with one another, such as doors and drawers with the face frames, would tend to stick together. Also, shelves painted with exterior paint would cause heavy plates and dishes to stick to them.

 

Actually, even interior acrylic paints exhibit some of this trait, but much less.  Better for cabinetry, would be either oil enamel or, one of the new water based alkyd enamels. Not all the Home Depot stores have the WB alkyds yet, but it is available at Home Depot Online. The WB alkyds combine the best attributes of oil enamel with the ease of water clean-up.

 

Hope this has helped.

Posted 2013-08-24T06:04:12+0000  by ordjen
 
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