Effortlessly Paint Over Any Stained Or Painted Wood Without Sanding

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If you’re getting ready to paint your kitchen cabinets, wood trim, or an old piece of furniture you’re probably not looking forward to sanding it. Nobody wants to be covered in sanding dust or to inhale it as it creates a fine cloud of carcinogens around you.

If you use sandpaper to prepare a large piece of furniture, you’re going to spend the better part of your day working your hands to the bone to remove the varnish. If you’re resurfacing kitchen cabinetry you’re going to be there all weekend!

Want something that works faster and requires way less effort? Give this liquid deglosser a try.

Deglosser VS Sanding

I understand if you’re skeptical about liquid sandpaper. It almost seems like it too good to be true. You don’t have to take my word for it though because this video from ‘This Old House’ shows exactly how quick and easy it removes a coat of polyurethane from a cabinet door.

Here are a couple more reasons it’s better than sandpaper.

Liquid Sandpaper Works Faster

Sanding literally takes hours, especially if you’re preparing an intricately detailed piece of woodwork for paint. Liquid sandpaper does the work for you in about 15 minutes. All you have to do is apply it, wait 15 minutes, and wipe off any residue once it dry.

Any varnish or glossy finish will have magically peeled away and you’ll be left with wood that’s ready for paint or primer.

It Makes Less Mess

Have you ever taken on a fairly large sanding project in your backyard or even worse, in the house?

The dust gets on your clothes, in your hair, on the floor, leaves a fine coating on the table in the next room…

You get the idea, right?

It gets everywhere!

Thanks to deglossers dust is a thing of the past. There’s barely any residue left behind when you use it and there’s a good chance there won’t be any at all.

Apply it, wait 15 miutes, and start painting. No more dust masks or messy clean-up to be bothered with!

How To Paint Kitchen Cabinets Without Sanding

Painting cabinets is a big job but deglosser can save you at least of day of hard work. Follow these 5 steps and you’ll be done in a long weekend.

  1. Remove all hardware
  2. Remove doors and drawers
  3. Wipe down cabinets around the stove with a TSP based cleaner to remove grease
  4. Apply a liquid deglosser to remove the varnish
  5. Prime and paint

Tasha from designertrapped.com did a fantastic job of painting her kitchen cabinets without sanding. Check out her results below and read about the full project details here.

It's been five years since Tasha painted her cabinets and today she is as happy with the results as the day she put her brushes away.

Painting Over Stained Wood

The stain itself isn’t the problem. Paint will adhere to stain, but it won’t adhere to the shiny coat of varnish or lacquer that is often applied over the stain.

To paint over stained wood you have to remove the varnish with either sandpaper or a deglosser. Then you can use a brush to apply a primer, working your brush using long strokes in the direction of the grain. Follow up with a couple coats of paint and you’re done! That’s all you need to transform your old glossy wood trim or to update your kitchen cabinets with a fresh coat of color.

How To Paint Furniture Without Sanding

Liquid deglosser is perfect for furniture, especially an intricately detailed dresser or desk. The trick to painting furniture without sanding is to work the deglosser into the nooks and crannies using a brush with firm synthetic bristles.

You can get cheap synthetic brushes at your local home improvement store and then clean them with water since deglosser is a water based stripper. Store them with the cover on and with the bristles facing down. This way they’ll be good as new and ready to tackle your next deglossing project.

After that all you have to do is prime and paint. Painting a dresser, table, or any other wood furniture around the house is just 3 easy steps.

  1. Degloss
  2. Prime
  3. Paint

Have you seen the dresser Julie Blanner converted into a buffet yet? It’s one the most popular pins on Pinterest.

Julie Blanner got this dresser ready for paint using liquid sandpaper.

Where To Buy Liquid Sandpaper For The Best Price

If you’re a regular at the home improvement store you’ve probably walked past deglosser 100 times. You’ll probably be surprised to learn that it’s also the cheapest place to buy it, even cheaper than Amazon by a few dollars.

So unless you live an hour drive from Home Depot, take a quick trip to the store, head to the paint aisle and buy it there. And don’t forget to pick up a few cheap brushes and microfibers towels while you’re there too.

Looking for more big impact with minimal effort projects to do around the home? I have 21 insanely easy curb appeal ideas that you can accomplish this weekend. Maybe you prefer something a little more adventurous? How about building a quick wine cellar instead?

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Page Last Updated On Feb 16, 2019 by Scott Jenkins