FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Here you can find out more about how to calculate your paint requirements, tips for paint application and technical details about how the paint performs and how our colours complement other paint colours.
If you cannot find an answer to your question, do contact us directly and we will be able to help you.
How do the Kitchen Cupboard Paint colours compare to other known paint colours?
The Kitchen Cupboard Paint colours are unique.
Is the finish like the currently popular furniture Chalk Paints?
No, it is a very smooth 15% sheen satin finish that does not need to be waxed after application like soft chalk paint.
The Kitchen Cupboard Paint is technologically engineered for easy, smooth application by brush or roller and has a speedy drying time and smooth satin finish after laying off.
How shiny is the finish when it has dried?
It is a 15% sheen which provides a slight light reflection and satin effect without making underlying nicks or bumps beneath the paint noticeable. A higher sheen level would be less forgiving and would show lumps, bumps and uneven application.
An average Modern Eggshell paint will have a shiny 40% sheen.
Can I order just a Primer sample tin?
Yes. You can order a 100ml Sample Tin of our High Build Primer in White or Grey.
Can I buy Kitchen Cupboard Paint from anywhere else?
No. Our paint is only availavle through ourselves.
Will the Kitchen Cupboard Paint colours always be available?
That's the plan!
Technical and Detail Questions
What area will the Kitchen Cupboard Paint Sample Set cover?
Our sample paint set will provide enough paint to refinish 1.3m²
More than enough to re paint a standard 60cm base cupboard door.
Order your sample set from our Paint Shop.
Can I paint over my plastic coated kitchen cupboard doors?
Subject to a test patch being successful, yes you can.
There are only a few surfaces that Kitchen Cupboard Paint high build primer and top coat will not stick to in a sufficiently durable way; high gloss Nitrocellulose or Polyurethane surfaces such as a Les Paul guitar or French Polished items.
Can I paint my bathroom cupboards in Kitchen Cupboard Paint?
Yes, this is a very durable paint for any place inside your home, so boot-rooms, wall boarding, bath panels and vanity units can also be painted with Kitchen Cupboard Paint.
Is the Kitchen Cupboard Paint suitable for painting on my skirting boards and other woodwork?
Yes, this is a very durable paint for any place inside your home, so boot rooms, T&G boarding, bath panels and vanity units can also be painted with Kitchen Cupboard Paint.
How durable is the Kitchen Cupboard Paint?
The Kitchen Cupboard Paint is specially formulated to provide a durable and beautiful luxury satin smooth finish and engineered for your busy kitchen environment where genuine hard-wear and food spills are inevitable. Once fully cured - normally 14 days from final topcoat in most conditions - you will be able to wipe the paint with a damp cloth and lift off grease and spills without affecting the paint finish.
Finishing tables and work surfaces with Kitchen Cupboard Paint is possible with the correct preparation and paint application; however, as with any surface taking care to protect the finish against very hot or sharp objects is common sense.
The Kitchen Cupboard Paint is also absolutely suitable for your utility areas, hallway and if you have a busy farmhouse style boot room where the dog sleeps too, this is your perfect panel paint.
Why do the tin labels show both Litre and Kilogram measurements?
Kitchen Cupboard Paint is measured using the traditional manual by weight measurement. Darker more vibrant colours have more pigment which is denser than pale colours.
All our colours are available in 100ml, 1kg or 5kg weight tins of paint.
These two sizes represent 100g, 1 litre and 5 litres respectively, of liquid content.
Can I use any primer underneath Kitchen Cupboard Paint?
The Kitchen Cupboard Paint High Build Primer provides the perfect durable and flexible foundation for further applications of Kitchen Cupboard Paints top coats. It ensures adhesion to the base surface and subsequent binding of the Kitchen Cupboard Paint topcoat to the primer for a unique long-lasting and durable finish.
Other primers will not give the durability that kitchen cupboards require.
Order your High Build Primer here.
How do I know Kitchen Cupboard Paint will be appropriate for my existing cupboards?
The water-based Kitchen Cupboard Paint can be used on interior wood, MDF and vinyl wrapped doors and trims. We advise to always do a test patch first. And you can order 100ml primer and top coat tins for this purpose. Here is a handy how-to guide to test patching here.
Can I leave spills on my Kitchen Cupboard Painted surfaces?
To extend the service life of the Kitchen Cupboard Paint finish, any standing surface water and spilt liquids should not be allowed to pool on surfaces. Spills should be wiped off as soon as possible.
Check our Product Advice Sheets for all the technical details you will need.
Is the Kitchen Cupboard Paint suitable for close contact with children?
Yes. Kitchen Cupboard Paint has the necessary certifications including the European norm UNI EN 71.3 of 2002 that excludes heavy metals from every formulation making them suitable and safe for wooden toys and close contact with children.
How is Kitchen Cupboard Paint eco friendly?
Taking time to consider whether you are choosing the right paint for the job and that whatever claims associated with the product, especially regarding the impact on the environment, are accurate and can be justified, is a responsibility every person should embrace.
There are several key contributors to the environmental footprint of household paint – the extraction/production of the raw materials, the cost of transporting paint from factory to retail outlet or direct to your home, and how long the painted surface will last until it needs repainting, i.e. how durable the paint film is.
This last characteristic is the prime purpose of Kitchen Cupboard Paint; a durable longer-lasting paint is better for the environment, full stop.
Kitchen Cupboard Paint has very low VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) emissions and 95% of toxic solvent emissions eliminated, making the Kitchen Cupboard Paint products for wood decoration and protection, completely non-toxic.
Our paint is produced in plants powered with hydroelectric, wind, solar and biomass energy, ultimately aiming to reduce the polluting impact of the paint process system and to preserve and protect the environment.
At the Kitchen Cupboard Paint office we have a 4R Environmental Policy of Reuse, Recycle, Relocate, Renovate with all our projects. We select our production partners and suppliers to ensure we meet our exacting standards of care for Our Environment and only print what is entirely necessary, buy what we need precisely and produce products with minimal waste and no maintenance wherever possible.
To that end, we pack our Kitchen Cupboard Paints in metal tins that are always recyclable. We seal your order in a compulsory plastic dispatch bag made of biodegradable plastic, (a degradable plastic in which the degradation results from the action of naturally occurring microorganisms such as bacteria, fungi, and or algae). We pad out each carton with shredded paper and pack each order into a simple cardboard box, unprinted, as print involves extra energy, printing inks, solvents and other associated environmental nasties. You can recycle all of our packing with ease.
What does VOC stand for?
Ok, I’m now going to get technical about Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) content in paint.
VOC is a general term referring to any organic substance with an initial boiling point of less than or equal to 250 degrees Centigrade (EU definition) that can be released from the paint into the air, causing atmospheric pollution. VOCs are volatile organic compounds that can be naturally occurring (such as ethanol), or they can be synthesised chemically. The VOC content in water-based paints may be a very small amount of solvent or trace levels of additive in the paint that are needed to enhance its performance – for example, to help the paint flow out and give an even surface.
Paint is made up of several components. Some of these may be of natural origins such as minerals, chalk, clays or natural oils, other ingredients such as binders, pigments and additives are more often synthetically-derived from different industrial chemical processes.
All these components need to undergo some degree of washing, refinement, processing or chemical treatment, so they can be successfully used to make paint.
These production steps necessitate the use of different process aids, including substances classed as VOCs. Although every effort is made to remove these VOCs through drying and purifying, there will still be trace amounts in the finished raw materials that are used to make the paint and the tinting pastes that need to be used.
Therefore, there is no such thing as a truly 100% VOC-free or Zero VOC paint, as all paints will contain very small (trace) amounts of VOCs through their raw materials.
Kitchen Cupboard Paint has minimal VOC’s
Primer maximum 2.83%
Topcoat maximum 1.79%
The paint industry, along with 26 other piloted sectors, is currently working with the European Commission on a project to determine the overall environmental impact of consumer products, from the start of their production to the end of their lifetime (so-called cradle-to-grave approach).
Focusing in on sustainability and measuring environmental impacts, not just in terms of VOCs causing air pollution but also in terms of water usage, ozone depletion, toxicity to soil and water, and a host of other parameters. This pilot project, called the Product Environmental Footprinting or PEF project, is due to be completed in 2020 and should lead to a better way to inform, probably through a new simple labelling system and possibly supported by legislation.
Measuring and Coverage Questions
What area is an average kitchen cupboard door?
An average single cupboard door front is a 60cm base unit – the same as for a full-size dishwasher or washing machine width.
To repaint an average cupboard door of this size including the four edges front and reverse with two coats of paint equals a cover size of 0.95m²
Our Sample Set has eough paint in to paint an average 60cm door and you can order yours from each of our paint colour pages here
How can I work out what volume of paint to order?
Use our handy calculator to check how much paint you need by entering your dimensions into the different sections for below work top cupboards, wall and tall cupboards.
How should I measure my existing cupboards to work out how much paint to order?
Regardless of the type of cupboard construction, you have already; there are only a few dimensions that need adding up to work out what quantity of paint you need to repaint your kitchen cupboards.
There is no such thing as an average kitchen size so you do need to work out the square metre area that you need to paint, just like you would for wall paint.
Measure each facing surface area for each cupboard along the cabinet frontals and if the run of cupboards ends with a panel back going to the wall, add those panel lengths on to your total width.
In the example above:
The Base Cupboard lengths are 3.4 m, add 70 cm for the right-hand side end panel;
4.1 m x 0.87 m tall = 3.56 m²
The Tall Larder is 1.20 m long, add the 60 cm side panel to the right-hand side;
1.8 m length x 2.0 m tall = 3.6 m²
The Wall Cupboard lengths equal 2.8 m add 2.1 m for the six wall end panels;
4.9 m length x .98 m tall wall units = 4.8 m²
The three open shelves are 28 cm deep and 110 cm long
1.1 m length x 0.28 m deep = 0.41 m²
A complete total of 12.37 m² to paint
You would need to order X2 1 Litre tins of Kitchen Cupboard Paint High Build Primer
Recommended Number of Topcoats is two, but you may need more for vibrant colours.
Double your total area to allow for painting two coats of Topcoat = 24.74
Divide this by the Kitchen Cupboard Paint coverage per square meter average:
24.74 ÷ 13 = 1.9 litres
You would need to order X2 1 Litre tins of Kitchen Cupboard Paint Topcoat which you can order here.
I can’t work out how much paint to order, can you help?
Yes, give a call on 01380 848594 or drop us an email and we will calculate your needs. We can easily do this from photos or sketches with some straightforward dimensions.
Alternatively, if you have a kitchen design, we can use that to calculate your needs.
How do I mix the paint before application?
Do not shake the Kitchen Cupboard Paint tins before opening, instead use a paint stirrer to mix each paint tin thoroughly before you start applying.
Note, on opening the 1litre tins – take care when pulling open and peeling around the flexible plastic seal. It takes some force and could spill or flick paint as you open it.
Look at our Product Advice Sheets for more details.
How long do I need to wait before recoating?
The normal Handling Time is 2 hours and Typical recoat time is 4 hours.
Please note: These drying and Recoat times provided are based on applying paint in normal conditions - drying times may be longer in colder and higher humidity environments. Darker colours may take longer to dry.
How many topcoats will be needed?
The recommended Number of Coats is 1 or 2.
In many instances 1 coat well applied has been sufficient but often darker/stronger colours require additional coats. We calculate to allow for 2 coats as we do not know what you are painting on top off.
How do I dispose of unused Kitchen Cupboard Paint?
We advise you to get more paint than you will need exactly to allow for different surface preparation, application methods and rates. It’s still a good idea to have some spare paint for emergencies but you may not wish to keep left over paint. If you have some left over paint, provided it is less than a year old, why not consider donating them to a needy cause such as a local club or school. Check out the Community Repaint Scheme
Local household recycling sites have varying rules regarding paint disposal, do check in advance of any visit. Kitchen Cupboard Paint comes in tins which are 100% recyclable and the sealing lids of the 1 litre cans are made from HDPE (high density polyethylene) which can be recycled too.
For customers in England and Wales, you can search for you nearest centre here https://www.gov.uk/hazardous-waste-disposal
For customers in Scotland, this site will help you locate a recycling centre https://www.recycleforscotland.com/what-to-do-with/paint
Do Kitchen Cupboard Paint provide Regulatory Safety Data Sheets?
Yes, we do. These can be downloaded here or requested via email or phone. Do contact us on 01380 848 594 to request a copy.
I don’t know what my existing cupboards are painted with, how do I proceed?
There are only a few surfaces that Kitchen Cupboard Paint high build primer and topcoat will not stick to in a sufficiently durable way; high gloss Nitrocellulose or Polyurethane surfaces such as a Les Paul guitar or French Polished items. If you are painting onto previously waxed or highly polished surfaces, remove all the existing coating of treatment by sanding back before painting. Our Product Advice Sheets will help you understand the process.
Can you give me any painting preparation tips?
Remove the handles and doorknobs when you are painting kitchen cupboard doors.
Removing doors from integrated appliances is slightly more complicated and may need specialist assistance. It is possible to paint an integrated door in situ by masking the appliance edges carefully before you start.
Removing all the kitchen cupboard doors & drawers for painting requires plenty of clear space for laying out all items for the painting and also the drying time for each coat.
If you do remove all your basic kitchen cupboard doors to paint them, draw a rough picture or your kitchen and number each part on it – take photos with your phone and print it out to write on if it’s easier.
Individually number each door/drawer in sequence to your picture by writing on the reverse side and covering with a bit of masking tape alternatively write the door number in the hinge hole/space.
Place the numbered door/drawer’s hinges and screws in the same numbered snappy bag to keep them safe. This system makes putting it all back together to finish up much straightforward.
Counterintuitively, leaving the doors on the cupboard while repainting means you can have the door supported and open to dry as you paint.
Take a look at our Product Advice Sheets for more details.
I am not a professional painter decorator, can I paint my own cupboards?
Yes, you can.
We provide Product Advice Sheets to give you a guide to Kitchen Cupboard Paint application.
Can I order Kitchen Cupboard Paint in a colour from another paint palette?
At the moment, no this is not an option.
We hope our palette of carefully selected cupboard colours will provide you with your ideal colour. You can look up each Kitchen Cupboard Paint ‘similar too’ colour within the individual paint pages.
Who can I get to paint Kitchen Cupboard Paint for me?
Professional decorators locally will be able to apply Kitchen Cupboard Paint. To date, we have had 100% positive feedback on the application, coverage and ease of use of our special water-based paint from our clients own decorators. In our resources pages you may find a connection we can recommend in your area.
What is the best way to apply the paint?
How are deliveries made?
If you are not collecting from the studio, we will dispatch your order via 48 hour FedEx delivery to your destination address. Please allow a 5 to 7-day turnaround for processing, mixing and dispatching your order.
We pack our Kitchen Cupboard Paints in metal tins that are always recyclable. We seal your order in a compulsory plastic dispatch bag and pack with shredded paper. Where possible, we reuse packing materials to minimise the creation of waste packing.
What payment types do you accept?
We accept payments through Paypal and Worldpay via our secure payment within our paint shop. The payment will show as H-B Designs Ltd on your statement.
How soon will my order arrive?
All paint is created and tinned for each client's order.
Please allow at least seven working days from placing your order, either online or over the telephone, to delivery.