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Painting Cabinets With HVLP Sprayer: How To Do It Efficiently? [2023 Updated]

painting cabinets with hvlp sprayer

HVLP sprayers are ideal for interior painting projects. It works under low pressure and releases tiny droplets of paint, resulting in a clean coat and smooth finish. Compared to airless sprayers, HVLP sprayers generate less overspray, making the workstation less messy. And in the case of interior painting, such a sprayer is needed, which sprays the target without spreading more paint in the air.

If you intend to give a fresh look to your kitchen cabinets, it would be great to paint the cabinets with an HVLP sprayer in an elegant color of Latex paint. The look of your kitchen will transform. This article will teach you about painting cabinets with an HVLP sprayer. Our step-by-step instructions will make your job effective and fun.

Tools/Materials Required To Painting Kitchen Cabinets 

  • Bucket
  • Screwdriver (4-in-1)
  • Small knife
  • 320-grit sandpaper
  • Spackling compound
  • Rags
  • HVLP sprayer 
  • Paintbrush 
  • Safety glasses
  • Utility knife
  • Rosin paper
  • Latex enamel paint
  • Cardboard
  • Drop cloth
  • Shop vacuum cleaner 
  • Cordless drill
  • Masking paper
  • Floetrol
  • Stain-blocking primer
  • Painter’s tape

How To Paint Cabinets With An HVLP Sprayer?

Step 1: Remove The Doors

The first step in a cabinet painting project is to remove your cabinet doors and drawers. Spray paint cannot be done without removing the doors. Label the doors when you take them out, so you’ll know where to put them back.

Step 2: Clean The Cabinets

Next, clean your cabinet thoroughly comes. After removing the doors and drawers:

  1. Take them out of the kitchen and take them to the place which has been selected for your task.
  2. After this, lay the doors and drawers on the surface of your workspace.
  3. Wash the front and back doors and drawer fronts in a solution made of warm water and dish soap to get rid of oil.

Step 3: Make Sure To Protect Adjoining Surfaces

It is common for the frame of the kitchen cabinet to accumulate grease and dirt, so it is necessary to remove it. Clean the frame of the kitchen cabinet thoroughly using a cleaning agent so that all the grease and dirt are completely removed. Remove all the tape from the cabinet frame’s ends.

Step 4: Tape The Kitchen Walls, Ceiling 

Tape the kitchen’s walls, floor, and ceiling to protect them from paint splatter. Cover the countertops with rosin paper. Wrap the vent hood and the appliance in masking tape if you don’t plan to paint them with your cabinets.

Tip: First, tape the cabinet frame’s bottom, sides, and top. The interior frame’s back then should be taped.

Tip: Put your cabinet hinges in a Ziploc bag and tape them to the inside of the cabinet frame once you remove them.

Step 5: Repair The Damaged Spot 

Sand down any damaged spots on your doors if you have any. Spackling compounds can be used to repair scratches, holes, and dings. Utilizing a small knife, work the compound into the damaged area. Fill holes with handles and hardware if you are replacing hardware and need holes in various locations.

Step 6: Sand The Doors And Cabinet Frames

Sanding is required before priming your cabinet. If the previous paint on your cabinet has a glossy sheen, the new paint won’t stick well. Intermediate sanding is still required if the cabinet doesn’t have a shiny surface. Sand your door, cabinet frame, and trim using 320-grit sandpaper. 

The right idea would be to use a vacuum cleaner to remove dust from wood. But make sure to use a bristle fitting on a vacuum cleaner to vacuum.

After that, take a sizable cloth and thoroughly wipe the door and frame before allowing them to dry. The time for applying primer will then come. Remember to only apply primer to doors and frames after they have completely dried; never apply primer to wet doors or frames.

Tip: To get rid of the gloss of the old paint, thoroughly sand the surface. The finish doesn’t require sanding down. So, avoid it.

Step 7: Prime Your Kitchen Cabinets

Now, you have to prime your kitchen cabinet. So, you select a stain-blocking primer for priming. Then, using a paintbrush, prime the cabinet door and frame. Prime all doors on one side. Allow the cabinet face frame, sides, and frame to dry after priming. Next, prime the door’s opposite side.

Tip: The cabinet should not be primed with a roller. This leaves a texture that might impact the finish’s effect. There isn’t much difference between prime with a brush and prime with a roller.

Step 8: Paint The Cabinet With Sandpaper 

Using fine-grained sandpaper, paint the cabinets. Use a tack cloth to clean the surface. Fill in the wood grain with a spackling compound to give your doors a smooth finish if they have a coarse wood grain. Utilizing a small knife, skim-coat the door with the compound while working with the grain of wood. After letting it dry, sand it with medium-grit sandpaper before re-priming it.

Tip: Avoid turning over corners as you sand; go with the grain.

Step 9: Paint The Frame With A Brush 

Combine one gallon of paint with a half-cup of water and a half-quart of Floetrol paint additive in a bucket because the paint must first be thin for a clean coat. It is ideal to use a brush to paint any exposed cabinet parts. 

Although brush paint leaves a mark, because the Floetrol paint ingredient has been included in the paints, the lighter brush markings will vanish as the paint dries. Starting in one corner, paint the cabinet frame. Before moving on to rails or styling, paint the entire rail using a high-quality paintbrush, including the inside edge.

Tip: Use latex enamel gloss or semigloss paint when painting cabinets. For cabinets, this paint is ideal. The hard and glossy coating of the paint efficiently shields cabinets from stains and fingerprints.

Step 10: Practice Before You Start Spraying Your Cabinet

Before beginning to spray paint, you should practice a little. Create a makeshift booth where you may practice. Put together a work surface. Hang plastic sheets next all over the workspace. Make sure the space is ventilated. You may easily get rid of the paint’s fumes by using a fan or leaving the window open. Spray paint that has been blended with Floetrol and water into the container. 

When spray painting, use a mask, respirator for safety, and glasses. Make sure to hold the spray gun nozzle 9 to 11 inches from the surface as you practice spray painting on the cardboard. To achieve a vertical fan pattern, adjust the nozzle. To ensure that the paint covers the surface without running, you should also control the paint’s flow rate.

Tip: Instead of only moving your wrist when painting, when spraying, move your full hand back and forth across the door panel.

Step 11: Rotate The Doors While Painting

It would be best if you were prepared to paint your target cabinets once you have mastered the spray paint technique. Therefore, you must lift the door in order to paint it. You can do this by placing a block of wood or a box made of cardboard on your work surface. Then set the door on top of the box and a Lazy Susan turntable on top of it. 

To paint the door, you must rotate it. In order to paint the door on both sides, you should rotate the door while standing still. Keep the nozzle 9 to 11 inches away from the door to ensure an equal angle when spraying.

Step 12: Paint The Edges Of The Doors

Now, work on the detail on one side and paint the edges. To paint the edges, turn your cabinet’s doors. Spray the edges first, then spray the doors. After the painting is finished, let the doors dry for the night. Spray paint the cabinet frames and apply a second layer to the trim and sides the following day. The door fronts should receive the first coat.

Tip: If any spot is accidentally missed during spraying, there is no need to worry. You can cover it up by applying another coat.

Step 13: Paint The Drawers

Now, it’s time to paint the drawers. So, to paint the drawers, first wrap your drawers inside with paper or something else. Then paint the drawers using your HVLP sprayer. Paint the back of the drawers first. Then paint the edges. And finally, paint the drawers from top to bottom. Allow the drawers to dry overnight after you have finished spraying.

Step 14: Touch Up 

Use a paintbrush to fix the paint runs or imperfections, and it should be done before the paint dries if any imperfections are visible after the paints are dry, smooth out the imperfection and apply the paint again.

Step 15: Rearrange Your Cabinets 

After painting your cabinets, properly clean your HVLP sprayer to ensure no paint particles are left inside. Then, rearrange your cabinets.

Cabinet drawers and doors should be reinstalled. You will need to install hinges on the doors before affixing their doors to the cabinet frame.

So, fit the hinges on the doors in the right manner. Reconnect any additional piece of hardware. Scrape off any paint that has dripped into the hinge hole; otherwise, the hinge won’t fit properly.

Tip: Cleaning the HVLP sprayer is simple. Before adding hot water to the spray cup and continuing to spray, drain the paint from the cup first. Spray continuously until the sprayer emits clean water. Additionally, as directed in the user manual, clean the nozzle.


When painting your kitchen cabinets with an HVLP sprayer, be careful. To get the best results, paint each part of your cabinets evenly; otherwise, it will affect the quality of the finish. The coating of the doors, drawers, and frames of the cabinets should match; only then will it bring a great effect. The given cabinet painting instructions will be helpful in accomplishing your task.

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