Should I repaint or replace my kitchen cupboard doors?

I have some kitchen cupboard doors which are starting to look a bit worse for wear. It’s had some basic water damage which have turned created a few dark patches (from some leaks of the sink above). Should I replace these doors or are they possible to clean up, repair & repaint? If I can repaint them, what types of paint are best to use? Thanks

Asked by Claire Kate on 25th Feb 2019
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"In answer to your question, once sanded cleaned (degreased) undercoat very thinly with an oil based undercoat (water based paints are more liable to be lifted from the surface by water ingress, especially in kitchens) then apply a thin coat (two if required) of oil based topcoat. You can apply the paint with a very smooth short hair (mohair sleeve) roller to avoid brush marks. The secret is lots of very thin coats(light sanding between each coat) not the thickest one coat overpriced paint that you well-earned money can buy. This allows the paint to retain a similar latent heat capacity, thereby reducing cracks, crazing and/or peeling."
Answered on 19th Jul 2019 - Member since Jul 2019 - report
"Hello, If you want to repair your doors, these are my recommended instructions below. This may be more time consuming or costly if you don’t have all the materials, but in my experience it is the most effective solution to this type of wood-based issue. Remove the doors, Sand these patchy areas down – til smooth, Wipe over with tack cloths to remove any dust, Wash with some sugar soap – which should remove any grease or other residue on the doors, Leave the doors until completely dry again, Wipe again with tack cloths, Apply one coat of wood primer, Sand again, this time using ‘Between Coats’ Sandpaper sheets, Wipe with tack cloths yet again, Apply 2 coats of a suitable paint – I recommend using Dulux Diamond Eggshell, it is sturdy and won’t discolour easily over time, Allow to dry, If you have any questions feel free to message back on here and I’ll try help."
Answered on 25th Feb 2019 - Member since Mar 2019 - report
"Hi you can get a new door from places like b and q, magnet etc. Which are cheap and a lot less hassle than painting. I have never seen a painted kitchen door which looks good to be honest. So would definitely not paint. Buy new doors and re use handles"
Answered on 7th Apr 2019 - Member since Nov 2018 - report
"Best way is to replace them. Not only cheap but long lasting and durable and tidy"
Answered on 1st Aug 2019 - Member since Jul 2019 - report
"It is best practice to change the doors and have new cornice and light pelmets. Possibly new decor panels and soft close hinges. This will make your whole kitchen look and feel new."
Answered on 10th Apr 2019 - Member since May 2016 - report
"Hi, for the price of a door it is cheaper to replace them, many thanks, Gavin gpg home improvements"
Answered on 31st Mar 2020 - Member since Nov 2019 - report
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