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Cabinet Refacing in a Can

Cabinet Rescue® is an easy to apply acrylic coating that dries to a slick, super hard, washable surface with a “factory-like” low sheen finish.  Developed as an economical alternative to refacing or replacing household kitchen & bathroom cabinets. This coating is self priming on melamine laminates including Formica® brand laminate.  The quick dry feature allows for fast project completion and the non-yellowing finish will keep cabinet surfaces looking like new.  Note: Not for use on floors, tops of counters, tables or desks, paper laminate, or surfaces subjected to moisture such as walls around bathtubs, showers, washtubs etc.

Coverage:  Approximately 110 sq. ft./qt. (1 coat).  Apply 2 coats minimum. Facings of 10 linear feet of kitchen cabinets (upper & lower) add up to approx. 55 sq. ft..

Surface preparation:  Remove any loose paint.  Clean and dry surfaces thoroughly. Sand melamine laminates and factory finishes with #220 or #320 wet/dry paper (use dry).  Sand previously painted or primed surfaces with fine sandpaper.

WARNING: If you scrape, sand, or remove old paint, you may release lead dust. LEAD IS TOXIC.  EXPOSURE TO LEAD DUST CAN CAUSE SERIOUS ILLNESS, SUCH AS BRAIN DAMAGE, ESPECIALLY IN CHILDREN.  PREGNANT WOMEN SHOULD ALSO AVOID EXPOSURE.  Wear a NIOSH-approved respirator to control lead exposure.  Clean up carefully with a HEPA vacuum and a wet mop.  Before you start, find out how to protect yourself and your family by contacting the National Lead Hotline at 1-800-424-LEAD (1-800-424-5323) or log on to www.epa.gov/lead.

Priming:  Self-priming on melamine laminates (i.e. Formica®).  Surfaces with clear shellacs, varnishes, polyurethanes or lacquers, as well as new bare or stained wood must first be primed (white alkyd/oil based stain blocking primer is preferred).  Test compatibility of Cabinet Rescue® on factory finishes and existing enamels – use appropriate primer if paint cracks, crawls or dries to irregular sheen. Do not use a shellac based primer.

Application:  Apply between 65˚F - 85˚F and relative humidity below 85%.  Stir paint thoroughly.  Do not thin.  Apply with a high density foam roller (tool of choice), conventional paint sprayer or quality synthetic bristle brush. Sand between coats if dry time exceeds 48 hrs. Use light coats on vertical surfaces

For spray application:  Thin sparingly with clean water (max. 1 fl. oz./qt.).

Dry time:  At 77˚F & 50% relative humidity – to touch: 1 hour.  Recoat: 2 hours. Light use: 48 hours.  Initial resistance to fingernail scuffing: 72 hours.  Normal use: 7 days.  Final cure: 20 days.  Excessive paint, low temperature and high humidity will extend dry times.

Tinting:  Use colorants for water based paints (max. 1.25 fl. oz. /qt.).  Only pastel and upper mid-tone colors can be achieved.

Clean-up:  Soap & water.  Surface care:  Allow 30 days cure. Use non-abrasive, solvent-free cleaners.

Disposal:  Consult with your local or state environmental regulatory agency.  Do not pour down a drain or storm sewer.