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I want to paint my kitchen cabinets with latex paint. However, the current finish is so smooth, even straight acetone won’t affect it. What, short of sand blasting can I use to give these cabinets enough “tooth” that the new paint will stick? Or, should I just forget the whole project?

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  1. Sounds like sanding is in your future. It would be nice to simply rub on a liquid sander, but if acetone won't touch the finish then sanding is the only alternative.

    To give your smooth kitchen cabinets enough tooth for latex paint to adhere properly without sandblasting, you can follow these steps:

    1. **Clean the Surface**: Use a degreaser to thoroughly clean the cabinets and remove any dirt, grime, or grease that may prevent the paint from adhering.

    2. **Light Sanding**: Lightly sand the cabinets with fine-grit sandpaper (such as 120-grit) to further roughen up the surface and provide more grip for the paint.

    3. **Deglosser**: Apply a liquid deglosser or liquid sandpaper to the cabinets. This product removes the gloss from the surface, creating a rougher texture for better paint adhesion.

    4. **Primer**: Apply a bonding primer specifically designed for smooth surfaces like cabinets. This will create a strong bond between the cabinet surface and the new paint.

    5. **Paint**: Once the primer has dried, you can proceed to paint the cabinets with a high-quality cabinet paint. Apply multiple thin coats for better coverage and durability.

    By following these steps, you can successfully paint your kitchen cabinets with cabinet paint and ensure a long-lasting and professional finish. Remember, proper preparation is key to achieving the desired results, even on smooth surfaces that are challenging to paint. Good luck with your project!

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