High gloss paint is great for trim, cabinets and high traffic areas. High gloss paint is easy to clean and more durable than paints with lower sheen. But repainting these surfaces takes some preparation. The surfaces must be prepped in order for the new paint to properly adhere. These 3 simple steps must be followed in order to properly repaint a high gloss surface.
Step 1: Clean the High Gloss Surface
The first thing you have to do is clean and degloss the surface. Degreasing and deglossing the surface help allow the new paint to adhere to the surface better. I recommend using Krud Kutter degreaser and Krud Kutter deglosser for this step. You want to make sure the room is well ventilated and you have goggles and gloves on for this step. First you want to degloss the surface. Start by taking a coarse sponge applying the deglosser to the sponge. Vigorously apply the deglosser to surface in a circular motion. After the deglosser is applied wipe down the surface with a dry rag. Next apply the degreaser to the surface. Applying the degreasing is done in a similar fashion as applying the deglosser. Start by taking a coarse sponge applying the degreaser to the sponge. Vigorously apply the degreaser to surface in a circular motion. After the degreaser is applied wipe down the surface with a dry rag. If you choose not to use the deglosser you can lightly sand the surface with a sanding sponge instead.
Step 2: Clean Out the Room
Making sure your surface is completely free of any remaining chemicals or dust is very important. Simply use a cleaning solution to wipe the surface down and vacuum up any dust or debris that may be present. For the cleaning solution I recommend 1 part dish detergent 2 parts water.
Step 3: Apply Primer and Paint
Applying a primer to the surface is very important if you want the new paint to properly adhere to the surface. To apply the primer simply tape off any areas you do not want to paint and brush or roll the primer onto the surface. I would recommend a high adhesion primer for the best results. When the primer is dry you are ready to apply the paint of your choice.