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India: Duco/PU spray painting new kitchen cabinets

Harsha T
9 months ago

Hi fellow Houzzers, I live in Pune, India.

We're keen on having the clean duco/PU paint look for most of the new home furniture. We are also on a budget but the sunmica look is not for us.

I'm okay with re-painting cabinets after a few years.

Need help with a few queries though.


Which type of paint is most suitable for the kitchen cabinets and the wardrobes?


Painting vs sunmica price difference?


Roughly how long does the paint look neat with good care?


Any tips and advice on this matter would be highly useful :)

Thanks!

Comments (10)

  • Harsha T
    Original Author
    9 months ago
    last modified: 9 months ago

    Thanks for your response :)


    I believe they'll be using plywood for the kitchen.

    Can we use oil-paint for the kitchen cabinets?


    What type of paint is PU paint? Oil/Water based?


    I'm planning to go black on the bottom and light gray/ivory for the top cabinets.



  • PRO
    GC Design Studio
    9 months ago

    You could get in touch with Asian paints home solutions. They have PU paint for woods.

  • Harsha N
    9 months ago

    Hey thanks.. how do I do that?

  • PRO
    Cornerstone Design Studio India
    9 months ago

    Harsha,

    Plywood absorbs paint so you will not a smooth surface after the paint is done.It is recommended that a 6 mm mdf sheet is added to plywood to achieve a smoother finish.

    As a last resort people do use enamel paints for cabinets. IMHO, it looks cheap.

    PU is actually a protective coating which makes the paint last longer. It is mixed with specialised thinners and additives.

    Thanks,
    Nitin
    Cornerstone Designs, Bangalore

  • Harsha N
    9 months ago
    last modified: 9 months ago

    So i’m guessing you’re saying that oil paint/enamel paint looks cheap? That makes sense cause whilst i was growing up, the govt quarters came with oil painted doors and it chipped off in a few years in a sorry state.
    Don’t want that.
    So oil paint is out?

    What I’m gathering is that PU paint is not just paint. It’s a process? So you prime and paint(?) first and then do a protective coating of PU with the thinners and the additives? Am I getting this right? :P

  • PRO
    Cornerstone Design Studio India
    9 months ago

    Harsha,

    All the materials used in this process must be PU specific. Right from primer, putty, sand paper, paint and optional sealer/hardener is meant for PU . Just the top coat of PU sealer and hardener is often done on wooden polished objects. If I have to give a 'near' practical example, you may have seen automobile painting that process is very similar to PU/Duco painting.

    Hope this clarifies.

  • Harsha N
    9 months ago

    I think so :) Is this type of painting done with the spraying equipment too, like for cars?

    I wish I could just give in to the carpenters pushing for black laminates, but im so scared of the sharp lines on the edges and lack of finishing in sunmica :’(

  • PRO
    Cornerstone Design Studio India
    9 months ago

    Yes, it is done using spray painting. Very small sections are often done with manually.

    If sharp edges is what is bothering you , please go for a 2 mm edge banding with laminates. Ask the Carpenters they will know about it.

    Thanks,
    Nitin
    Cornerstone Designs Bangalore.

  • PRO
    GC Design Studio
    9 months ago

    Send me your contact details and I can have them contact you.