How to Paint Cabinets with a Sprayer

Learn how to easily paint kitchen, bathroom or laundry room cabinets and receive a super smooth finish by using a Wagner paint sprayer.

Looking to add colorful storage to a laundry or utility room? Emily from Two Purple Couches used her FLEXiO 5000 to transform unfinished oak cabinets into bold, beautiful and functional cabinets in her laundry room.

Supplies Needed:

  • Wagner FLEXiO 5000 Paint Sprayer
  • Large spray tent or drop cloths
  • Fine grit sandpaper
  • Painter’s tape
  • Primer
  • Paint
  • Paint stir sticks
  • Painters’ tripods
  • Extension cord

Prep

Working with unfinished oak cabinets helps save some prep time since there isn’t an existing stain or finish to strip or sand away. But it’s still a good idea to prep both sides of the cabinet doors, as well as the face frames, by sanding them with a fine grit sandpaper to remove any splinters. Remove the cabinet doors from the frames and prop them up on sets of painters’ tripods while painting.

Select the nozzle you’ll use for painting. The Detail Finish nozzle that comes with the FLEXiO 5000 is the best choice for painting cabinets. When assembling the nozzle, be sure to position the tube for the direction you’ll be working. I was painting in a downward direction, so I pointed the tube forward.

Then adjust the spray pattern for a vertical or horizontal pattern by turning the air cap ears.

Prime

Applying a coat of a water-based primer will help your paint adhere better to unfinished cabinets. Stir primer and pour into the cup. Set the Air Power to 4 and the Material Flow to low to start. Test these settings on scrap wood first, then adjust as needed.

Apply primer to the backs of the cabinet doors, then carefully flip them over on the tripods and apply primer to the fronts. When finished, clean the sprayer thoroughly by flushing it with warm, soapy water per the manual instructions. Remove the nozzle and clean all its parts. Apply a coat of primer to the cabinet face frames using a small paintbrush.

Paint

Once the primer coat is fully dry, it’s time to apply the paint. Reassemble the Detail Finish nozzle and adjust the tube direction. Position the air cap ears based on the desired spray pattern. Stir paint and pour into cup.

Set the Air Power to 4 and the Material Flow to low. Test on scrap wood. If the paint goes on too light, dial the Material Flow up; if the paint is heavy and runs, dial it down.

Apply two coats of paint each to the cabinet door backs and fronts, allowing the paint to dry according to the can’s instructions between coats.

When both coats have been applied, clean the sprayer and nozzle parts with warm, soapy water.

Apply a couple coats of paint to the cabinet face frames using a small paintbrush.

When the paint is fully dry, re-attach the cabinet doors to the face frames.

For more details on how to paint cabinets, and learn Emily’s tips for using the FLEXiO 5000, visit Two Purple Couches’ post: How to Paint Cabinets with a Sprayer.

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