Insl-x Cabinet Coat Satin Finish

Written by on December 9, 2018 in Interior Paints, Product Reviews with 11 Comments

More Robust than Standard Trim Paint

InslxPro painters run into all sorts of cabinet finishing situations. It’s a broad category, ranging from refurbishing outdated existing cabinets to putting custom finishes on new ones.

Product selection for cabinets can be challenging. Not everyone wants to get into lacquers or solvent based coatings.

Insl-x Cabinet Coat is worth trying out if you’ve been looking for a paint that is as easy to use as your favorite trim paint, but with a harder and more durable finish.

Insl-x Cabinet Coat Insl-x Cabinet Coat is a urethane acrylic paint that is made by the same folks who make Stix primer. They know a thing or two about adhesion – a particular strength in the unique urethane modified formulation of Cabinet Coat.

Urethanes are well known for being sticky and curing hard, and this one claims to even work on laminate and formica. These are great qualities to have in a cabinet finish for kitchens and bathrooms.

Modified Acrylic and Low VOC

Cabinet Coat is low in VOC content, the rating system by which paints are measured and regulated. Surprisingly, it tips the scales at just 50 grams per liter, or less, putting it formally in the range of a “low VOC” rated paint.

Insl-x Cabinet CoatThis is a good thing because as it dries, the off-gassing isn’t so bad for you or the atmosphere. Low VOC doesn’t always mean low or no odor, though.

Cabinet Coat has some smell to it, but shouldn’t feel any more offensive to your nose than a standard trim paint.

Insl-x Cabinet CoatThis product is relatively user friendly when applied with either sprayer or brush. It feels a touch thicker and stickier than a nice buttery trim paint, but is likely within reach of painters of most skill levels.

When brushing Insl-x Cabinet Coat, treat it the way you brush a, well, urethane. Lay it out and leave it. Don’t over-brush, Cabinet Coat can get flashy because it has a pretty quick tack up time.

Insl-x Cabinet Coat

A Well-Balanced Product

Insl-x Cabinet CoatDry time is one of the most important qualities to consider in a cabinet paint.

There are some great products that dry too fast…meaning they tack up before they can fully lay down, leaving a stippled finish.

And then, at the other extreme, some products lay down slow and nice, but take forever to dry. Cabinet Coat falls closer to the quicker tack up side, giving itself enough time to level without staying wet and becoming a dust contamination risk.

Use as low pressure as possible when spraying Cabinet Coat. We use air assisted sprayers mostly, and this product does well at about 1200 psi. Shoot for that same pressure level in airless, using fine finish/low pressure tips.

Insl-x Cabinet CoatCabinet Coat is available in multiple bases, and it is tintable. Available sheens are satin and semi gloss.

We have used the satin sheen in 1 and 2 bases. Sheen level of the satin is perhaps a bit higher than Benjamin Moore 314 waterborne Satin Impervo.

Marketed as an ideal product for converting outdated clear or stained cabinets to paint grade, Cabinet Coat is also a high level performer in custom new finishes.

Sometimes, you can’t spray, so you have to brush. Or vice versa. And sometimes you have to spray, brush and maybe even foam roll to get the job done. It is helpful to find a product that performs well in multiple application methods.

We should be able to have all of these options in a cabinet paint that is low VOC and easy to use.

Insl-x Cabinet CoatInsl-x Cabinet Coat is a great option for painters who want to get smooth, hard finishes without setting up for lacquers or solvent-based products in dedicated spray systems.

This product will feel like a really good trim paint, but leave you with a more durable finish for high wear cabinet areas.

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Insl-x Cabinet Coat

Have you tried it? We’d love to hear about your experiences with Cabinet Coat!

 

 

Scott Burt

Scott Burt is a contractor and freelance writer whose column "From the Field" has appeared in American Painting Contractor magazine (www.paintmag.com) since 2008. His writing and projects also appear in other print and digital venues. This site is an extension of Scott's publication work, and he encourages readers to leave comments and questions about articles published here. Hope to hear from you!

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  1. Steve says:

    I’m painting over cabinets in a manufactured home. Fairly cheap cabinets, decent doors. Not sure whether they are laminate or thermafoil, pretty sure not paper. I am debating using they Waterborne acrylic prime first, or just doing cabinet coat. Most experts have convinced me to clean and sand first.

  2. Richard Fomuke says:

    I have oak cabinets and I am planning to use a brushing putty from Paints of Europe to kill the grain. Can I use this paint on top of the brushing putty? Thanks

  3. Florian says:

    Very interesting product. Where you get it?

  4. Robert F Hughes says:

    I will be painting stained cabinets. I was going to use styx as a primer then the Insl-x. Sound like a good plan? Thanks.

  5. Bill Dawson says:

    I’m spraying new cabinets. Should I still prime. Can I use an airless and if so what size tip would be best. Thanks

  6. Elyse says:

    My contractor is spraying my cabinet doors and it is flashing quite a bit. Some spots have a beautiful sheen and others feel gritty (like sandpaper). Any idea what would cause this or how to correct? They have already applied 3 coats (started with a primer and sanded/tack cloth between each coat).

  7. Leah says:

    cabinet coat says you do not need to prime. Would you recommend priming? I am painting my white cabinets. I have cleaned and sanded so far.

  8. Kathy Pelly says:

    I have just painted some floor to ceiling bookshelves with the INSL-X Cabinet Coat that you reviewed. Once dry, the shelves will be used to hold books, vases, photos, assorted knick-knacks. How long should I let the shelves dry before putting the items on the shelves?

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