Hiya. Starting to sand the Satin Impervo oil paint from 20 years ago off the existing cabinets. My goodness that paint held up to abuse. Originally, I lightly hand sanded the finished oak with a scrubby pad and went right over it with Benjamin Moore oil Impervo. No priming needed, and it still looks new.
I wanted to change to latex so I am sanding (which isn't necessary) using Stix primer (which will even stick to glass) and then my latex. I didn't use the Cabinet Coat because at the time, the first three color choices were too dark and it can't be mixed past a certain level of tint. Putting it on as a pastel first coat, no sanding or priming, then using another latex paint in the final color for the second coat would have worked well. Thought about it too late. I use a hand orbital with 120 grit and it cuts through the paint quickly - almost too quick - might change to 180 grit. This allows me to expose the wood edge for aging, reduce the paint buildup, and insure a superior bond. If I didn't want to change the color, all I would have had to do is sand and seal for a different look. This is the same door after a quick sand. I know you don't care but I'm excited to finally get moving toward completion after those months of paint samples. Many second thoughts about not staying with Impervo (which also comes in latex) but the color just wasn't coming out right. The Rustoleum water based polyurethane is working like a charm as a clear finish and will be an extra layer of protection - again, not needed, but I would rather put more effort into the project and ensure easy cleaning. The oil base would take much longer to dry before recoating and handling which is another reason I chose latex. Smart ass husband said - "are you kidding me? You've been at this for months and a day extra for drying would bother you?" He doesn't understand that all that time was taken because of paint colors, not actual progress. His statement -
Women -put them all in a bag and shake them and they all come out the same.
Men - put them all in a bag and shake them and they can't find their way out.