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Old 01-13-2017, 05:48 PM   #1
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Chalk Paint on Interior Cabinets?

Has anyone tried using chalk paint on the fiberglass interior cabinets of the Scamps, etc.?
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Old 01-13-2017, 08:35 PM   #2
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Just curious, what is the effect you are going for?
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Old 01-13-2017, 09:34 PM   #3
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I'm guessing 'chalk board' is black?
So, your cupboards become black holes and you can't see anything in them?
I'd go with white enamel.
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I'm guessing 'chalk board' is black?
So, your cupboards become black holes and you can't see anything in them?
I'd go with white enamel.
Chalk paint, from what I gather, provides a method to make a surface look old or easy to artificially weather or age. It's not black, it's a chalky surface. Can't see the value, so I'm curious.
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Old 01-14-2017, 01:00 AM   #5
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From Benjamin Moore: Chalkboard Paint, available in any color, lets you turn virtually any interior surface into an erasable chalkboard.
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I don't know if "chalk" paint is the same as "chalkboard" paint, but I have some experience with the latter. It's hard to clean- like flat paint only worse- so I'd use it sparingly. Paint one door as a place to write an "inspirational quote of the week" or some such. For the rest, and especially the fiberglass, I'd want something glossy and wipeable.

A Google site search on "paint fiberglass cabinets" should bring up some good information about what products others have used and, especially, how the fiberglass was prepped and primed.
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Old 01-14-2017, 07:37 AM   #7
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Thanks for all the replies!

For those unfamiliar with chalk paint, it is different from "chalkboard" paint. It's waterbased paint with calcium carbonate added. It is usually topped with a wax of some sort to make it waterproof and give an aged look.

It gives a chalky finish, like what you see when you look at a piece of colored chalk. It can be used on most surfaces without priming and, combined with other techniques, can turn that surface into an aged wood look. It can be any color.

My goal is to give the fiberglass cabinets a more shabby chic style.

Sort of part of my beach cottage idea...

I just wondered if anyone had tried using this painting technique on the interior fiberglass features and if it worked.

Obviously this falls more under the category of "glamping" instead of restoring!
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Old 01-14-2017, 08:02 AM   #8
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No problem to "Be the first". Sounds like you know the effect you are going after, which would be interesting (in a good way).

If you decide to try it, might want to start in a small, inconspicuous area (like the top side of the benches, under the cushions). Get your technique down, then go for it.

By the way, the penalty for even asking here is that everyone will expect both before and after photos, at least if it works. Also plan to inform of the process involved.

Good luck!
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You might get the same effect by painting with a flat paint. The problem I see (perhaps) in painting the cabinets, is getting scuffed up. Then you're liable to end up with "shabby," rather than "chic." It's not my trailer, but I'd go for that look on the cabinet doors, not the cabinets. YMMV.
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Old 01-14-2017, 09:45 AM   #10
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Donna, you make a good point.

Lyle, I'm going to give it a shot on a hidden location and see what happens... Maybe I'll start a trend!

As for photos, I've taken some befores but they're with my cheapo phone...
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Old 01-14-2017, 10:45 AM   #11
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My experience is with painting fiberglass boats and cars. It paints well IF it is prepared properly. Fiberglass has a smooth surface that paint, of any kind, doesn't adhere well too. It has to be fine sanded. A fiberglass primer helps the paint to stay on. The dust produced from sanding fiberglass is quite toxic. You should use a respirator and wet wipe all surfaces to remove settled dust. Remove all you soft items, cushions, bedding, mattress etc. before sanding. Open all doors and windows when sanding and painting as the solvent vapors are toxic too.
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Old 01-14-2017, 02:01 PM   #12
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Thanks Mike for the input... If I sand it, I will definitely use protection.
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Old 01-14-2017, 03:52 PM   #13
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Thank you - I've learned of a new product! "Chalk-paint" huh? Sounds interesting. I look forward to a picture. Might it be hard to clean in a trailer?

So far as painting fiberglass cabinets, I avoid it as much as possible. I did paint the inside of ours with acrylic to clean them up and coat over some rough spots. But if the outside surface is in good shape I'd leave it alone - too much prep and once it's done is too late to change your mind. Someone suggested achieving the same effect painting the doors which sounds way easier and easier to change if it doesn't work out. I plan to paint our old fake "mahogany" ones with something brighter, at some point. But probably I'll use a paint that is easy to wash.
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Old 01-14-2017, 04:41 PM   #14
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Hi Tonnie,
Look on Pinterest and search for Chalk Painting Cabinet Doors Mrs. Padilly. She shows step-by-step how to paint trailer cabinets with chalk paint. She has many other decorating ideas she has used in her trailer. The cabinets are definitely on my wish list.
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