As any person that does even the smallest amount of home improvement projects will tell you, the job will go much smoother if you have the time, the knowledge, and the right tools and materials for the job. However, even having more than enough of all three does not guarantee that you will obtain quality results. When tackling any project around the home, not only having the right tools and materials is important, but most times the quality of those items will have influence on the outcome of your project. When you set out to refinish your cabinets, the purchase of cabinet refacing materials definitely falls within the scope of needing quality products.
Cabinets, by nature, are normally expensive items that typically last for many years. But, they do get used a lot and their finish will become damaged due to chipping, fading and dulling over time. If you are Mr. or Mrs. money bags, you can just rip out the old cabinets and install new ones. Or, if you are like the other 99% of us, you may choose to reface the cabinets to achieve that fresh, new look that is needed. When you choose to reface, take a trip to a major paint supply store in your area to purchase your materials and supplies.
A paint supply store will have more Paint Cabinet Guys employees when it comes to the type paint and applicators you will need for this project. At most home improvement centers, you may get the garden center associate that got moved to the paint department for the day because the paint guy or gal failed to show. While this may not prove to be the case, I would rather go somewhere that I am sure to find someone that knows about the project I am involved in when I lack all the necessary knowledge.
Your basic purchase plan should be to obtain the highest quality paints and primers that are available to you. Explain to the salesperson what you are attempting to do and they will likely steer you towards a professional grade primer and oil based or latex enamel paint designed for cabinet and trim applications. While these high quality products may cost more than what you normally spend on paint, remember, by refacing your cabinets you are likely saving thousands of dollars over the cost of cabinet replacement, so purchase quality for your refinishing project.