Are you having Problems with Melamine Paint? - difficulties can start before you buy, just by trying to decide if this is the right product purchase for your proposed project.
If you talk to friends who have already undertaken this project you may find that you are given surprisingly different reports on the outcome of their paint jobs - for many it was a breeze, couldn't have been easier.
- and for others it ended in a sticky, non drying, streaky, saggy mess - many people will tell you that problems with melamine paint include that it stuck to everything except the cupboards! (read on for real homeowner experiences with melamine)
Paint and brushes are not cheap, especially if you have a lot of cupboards to cover so you want to feel confident about your paint before you make your purchase.
This brings us directly to one of the main problems with melamine paint and that is that if you have the perfect optimum conditions, contrived or by chance, then a melamine paint application could work very well for your home improvement and financing project, but:
There are many things that can go wrong when doing this kitchen renovation project but if all goes well it can look like you have a new kitchen entirely.
One of the problems with melamine paint is that it can take forever to dry in damp, humid conditions but if you have unusually hot dry temperature it can start to dry and settle and set before you have applied your final stroke and leave marks!.
Another of the problems with melamine paint is that it is a relatively new material, used for years in the factory it has been dragged into the home improvement market by popular demand as homeowners after over a decade with the same kitchen cabinets and kitchen cupboards, wanted to find a way to paint over melamine surfaces for a new color and a new look.
Repeated painting has meant too many layers of melamine paint which leads to chipping - and once it starts to chip, boy doesn't it look ugly. You can try to sand it down to smooth the surface in that area and paint over it again but it's a short term solution at best and not a cure - it just doesn't look good.
You will have to visit your local hardware store to see what they have available to remove 10+ year old hard set melamine paint and test one area to see if it will successfully work to strip all of your kitchen cupboards back to the original.
Problems with Melamine - Testing
Here is a question from a visitor to home-improvement-and-financing.com - regarding melamine paint and repairing kitchen cabinets.
"I have mftg melamine kitchen cabinets about 13 year old. Along some of the doors the melamine has chipped or coming loose. I know this is molded on. Can remove all melamine and repaint them?"
Have you done this project before, can you comment on what worked best for you with regards to melamine removal and melamine application - please drop us a line here at Have Your Say - problems with melamine so that I can add your story or comments to this article and hopefully help more homeowners who are looking for the best way to tackle this project.
The key to saving your budget and your time is lots of testing until you are really sure it's what you want before you go out and buy all the tins of paint you need and before you dedicate the time and energy necessary to do this project properly.
I always say that you can't lose if you try to paint your kitchen cabinets because if you are not happy with the results you always have the fall back position of being able to replace the doors with new ones - still far more economical than starting from scratch and buying whole new units...
- but you don't want to waste your time or money buying melamine paint until you know you can use it well and that it will work at your home to successfully transform your cabinets.
The best way to test is to work with one door - you may choose the worst one, the most chipped one - depending on how bad your cabinets are it's probably the one that you use the most - or I prefer to experiment on a door that is the most hidden from view.
Test with melamine paint removers, test with melamine paint applications - testing is really the best way for you to take control of the situation and reduce possibilities of problems with melamine paint because it is the only way to see what works in your particular kitchen situation and climatic considerations.
Problems with Melamine - Lynn D.'s Story
You may be wondering what homeowners who have not been pleased with the results obtained by using melamine paint have done instead, what other paint options they may have used
- Lynn D. from Canada is a lady who made some tough decisions regarding painting her bathroom cabinets and opted to go that extra mile in order to achieve a look that she was happy with...
a week or so later I was pleased to hear from Lynn again...
and later Lynn kindly wrote back with an update on the results of their work
Lynn from Ontario, Canada kindly wrote in giving me permission to credit her with her story
I loved this message for many reasons - but most of all what jumps out is Lynn D. positive energy when faced with problems with melamine which is really inspiring - and also that she took the time to write in with such detailed information on solutions for painting melamine kitchen cabinets or melamine bathroom cupboards that other homeowners can apply.
Thank you Lynn and congratulations on successfully completing your project.
If you enjoyed a hassle free kitchen cabinet paint job or have suffered problems with melamine - please write in with your experiences so that your information can help other homeowners remodel and improve their homes. Have Your Say - painting with melamine
Best Building wishes
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