How to get the very high gloss on cupboard doors.

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    As a temporary measure, I would like to paint my kitchen unit doors with the very high gloss that you see on some new kitchen and bathroom cabinets. Does anyone know what the process is as the coating looks very thick and smooth.
    Some other alternatives I am considering are: powder coating (if the wood will stand the heat?) or vacuum forming a plastic laminate over the original.
    I don't really want to go for replacement doors.
    The doors at the moment are varnished solid oak paneled.
    Any advice on options and costs would be appreciated.
     
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    The very high gloss finishes are acid catalyst spray.

    Fairly easy to work with if you are used to spraying.

    I don't, but you should use a clean air supply respirator.

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    I have never used the very very high sheen paint. You will need a dust free environment and make sure the gun has strainers etc. After a few days you might need to use a rotary polisher to removeany overspray.

    http://www.morrells.co.uk/products/wood/4


    The above can give you technical advice
     
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    opps. Thanks for your reply, it really is a help
     
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    You might also want to consider some of the water based finishes on their site. I have no first hand experience of these though.

    You will need to spend quite a bit of time degreasing the doors before using anything.

    Good luck
     
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    Yes, I know good preparation is the hard work to a good job, that's why I was wondering if vacuum forming was an (easier) option?
     
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    Might be- not something i have ever done, nor do I have the kit to.

    Doesn't sound cheap but it then again it is beyond my ken...

    What about the other surfaces, cornice, plinth, end panels, etc.
     
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    Go for the vacuum forming. Tell us how you are going to do that please?
     
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