The joy of refinishing your cabinets may be tempered somewhat by the realization that the hinges no longer match.
While you can spend money to replace them, it is less expensive to simply paint over them.
Plus, you can save more time when re-installing the old hinges because they fit the holes perfectly.
Should Cabinet Hinges Be Painted?
I believe it’s not a good idea to paint hinges on your kitchen cabinets since it can poorly affect its mechanism and can also shorten its life span.
If you really want to get them painted it’s good to buy the hinges that already have a coat of primer and can be painted with metal-paint that’s specially meant for painting over metals.
How to Paint Kitchen Cabinet Hinges?
While painting new hinges isn’t recommended, repainting old kitchen cabinet hinges is a great way to refinish your cabinets and add that appealing touch.
The key is to use the right type of paint that will match your refinished cabinets and hold up for years of use.
Step 1. Preparation
You will need to clean and wipe the old hinges, so they can be painted over properly. Once completed, you should get some spray enamel paint.
Spray enamel will cover the hinges and hold up against the peeling and chipping that is common with other types of paints.
Now you simply need the tools to remove the screws holding the hinges in place and you are ready to go.
Step 2. Removal
Pull out all the screws and store them where they can be easily found.
A small, clear storage bag generally works the best. Just keep it in an obvious place.
Remember that you are going to paint the screws as well.
Step 3. Prep Area
Take the hinges and screws to a well-ventilated area and set them on a surface that can be painted.
Consider painting them in the driveway while on a plywood sheet held up by two sawhorses.
Be sure that there are no open flames anywhere near where you are spray painting.
Step 4. Strip the Hinges
If the hinges have old paint on them, you will want to remove it. Put on a pair of rubber gloves and soak each hinge in bowl of paint stripper.
Just drop them in one at a time for 60 seconds, then pull them out and wash off the residue.
Steel wool can help you take off any paint that the thinner does not remove itself.
Step 5. Sand & Clean
If the hinges were not painted, you will need to remove any grease or grime that might be present.
Start by using denatured alcohol to wipe away any particles on the surface.
Once cleaned, you should sand the surface with 220-grit sandpaper to rough it up so the new paint will stick.
Step 6. Paint
Now you are ready to paint. Place each hinge on some old newspaper and spray paint the hinges with a premium quality metal paint.
After covering it with one coat, let it dry for a half-hour, then flip the hinge over and paint that side.
When it’s about choosing the paint color, you can either paint hinges the same color as door kitchen cabinets or can select other darker shades that complement the door or trim color.
Remember that you do not have to paint the underside of the hinge unless it can be seen.
Do the same with all the screws by spray painting the heads and letting them dry for at least an hour.
Step 7. Add Lacquer
Once dry, you can cover the cabinet door hinges and screw heads with a coat of lacquer.
This gives the paint a glossy appearance that also protects it from being chipped.
Once covered, let the lacquer cure for at least 12 hours or overnight.
Now you are ready to reinstall the hinges.
Do not get into a rush, simply place the hinge over the hold and put in the screws. Now you have matching hinges for your refinished cabinets.
The Bottom Line
The process of applying the paint and finishes to the old cabinet hinges isn’t very hard if you do it with patience.
All you will need is a right type of spray paint and an hour to complete the project.
Jack Luis is a semi-retired painter who loved painting his clients’ ideas on their walls. He had worked as a painter for more than a decade to serve the customers in areas such as Charleston, Mount Pleasant, Beaufort, Georgetown, SC (South Carolina). Today in his free time, he likes to read and write about the newer techniques that are being implemented in his profession. You may read more about him here or get in touch with him here.