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Rust-Oleum Transformations Light Color Cabinet Kit (9-Piece)

The Rust-Oleum Cabinet Transformations 9-Piece Light Color Kit is a 4-step process that will give your outdated cabinets an extreme makeover. Stripping, sanding or priming is unnecessary. The decorative glaze will make your cabinets shine and the light tint base provides 11 color choices for a custom look. The kit covers up to 100 sq. ft. The durable acrylic and latex base features strong adhesion and easy cleanup with soap and water.
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I have Golden Oak cabinets, we want a very dark look to match our tops and slate floor

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John
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April 17, 2013
I have Golden Oak cabinets, we want a very dark look to match our tops and slate floor, i have heard of reviews of going to lighter cabinets ... it seems it would be easyier to go to a Darker color, ??
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ChristineHDATL
Atlanta, Georgia
April 17, 2013
When using the Rust-Oleum Cabinet Transformations kit, you can use any color you would like. The darker colors use the 'dark kit' rather than the 'light kit'. You can purchase both of these kits at your local Home Depot and they can be tinted at the paint counter.

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Gman
San Antonio, TX
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October 6, 2013
It works great going darker.
We went from maple to 'rustic' - check the photos
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Can I use polyurethane sealer on top of the Rustoleum Top Coat (on my cabinets)

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Newbie
Texas
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April 15, 2013
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ChristineHDATL
Atlanta, Georgia
April 15, 2013
Included in the kit is a clear sealer. If you run out, Rust-Oleum recommends using Varathane water- based polyurethane.

- Christine
 
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Mikiebunny
McHenry
April 15, 2013
Rustoleum's topcoat is a water based polyurethane sealant, so there is no reason you could not use another water based sealant on top of the Rustoleum top coat. They're basically the same thing, so you're just adding a second coat.
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HeatherP2311
Washington
October 29, 2014
You can. Itll probably change the sheen of the cabinets, but it shouldn't hurt it. Make sure to start on one and see how it looks, if you like it add it to the rest!
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Gman
San Antonio, TX
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October 6, 2013
Yes you can
But I am not sure it is needed. The kit includes a clear coat protectant. We finished our kitchen two months ago and I have not seen any damage to it. If you are concerned, I don't see why you would not be able to do that - I am thinking on adding the spray-on polyurethane justto be safe
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I am looking to take my cherry cabinets to the pure white. I am afraid it will come out pink. Any advice?

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Melissa
Ottawa, Ontario
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April 3, 2013
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Mikiebunny
McHenry
April 3, 2013
I went from a dark cherry cabinet to an antiqued white. If I were to do it again, I would prepare the cabinet by using the deglosser, and then I would put on one or two coats of a primer like Kilz, letting each coat dry thoroughly before using the Rustoleum Renovations base coat. I did not use primer, and it took me FIVE coats of the base coat to cover the cabinet properly. I could have saved myself a lot of time by using a primer first. And don't stress if your base coat doesn't cover perfectly. I made that mistake, only to discover that once I put on the antiquing color, I wouldn't have seen any of the streaks I was stressing over. I was too much of a perfectionist about that base coat. I will say, however, that my cabinet turned out beautifully, and I have received many complements on my guest bathroom. People have been very surprised to find out I did it all myself! Good luck -- just take your time, and I'm sure your project will turn out great!
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mamaruns
NC
May 30, 2013
No, it won't turn pink! Use a kiltz primer first and then base coat with your paint.
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Gman
San Antonio, TX
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October 6, 2013
I changed my cabinets from maple to dark walnut and worked great. The base coat is pretty good and I am guessing it will cover the cherry color with no problem.
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there are so many choices for white when painting. What colour white is the Rustoleum white? I am trying to match with timid white.

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Trish
Vancouver
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January 13, 2013
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DepotMOM
Chicago
March 4, 2013
The Rustoleum white is PURE WHITE. I used it and it matched my white appliances very well. The swatches in the brochure are pretty accurate. They offer a few off white choices as well. In addition, glazing (included in kit) will also give you more color options.
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Mikiebunny
McHenry
April 3, 2013
I would say it is a warm white. I don't know what you mean by timid, but the white is not a cold white. A cold white would have grey or blue in it, and a warm white would lean toward yellow. It is not, however, yellow by any means. It is definitely white.
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THDCustomerService
Atlanta, GA
January 28, 2013
Hi Trish,

Thank you for your interest in this product.

Please contact our Online Customer Service Department at 800-430-3376 to get more assistance with this item. Our hours of operation are between 6:00 a.m. and 2:00 a.m. Eastern Time daily.
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Does this product work on "hot point" metal kitchen cabinets?

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L Rysavy
Morth Dakota
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November 4, 2012
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Rust-OleumSupport
November 6, 2012
Cabinet Transformations works on wood, laminate, and melamine surfaces.
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DepotMOM
Chicago
March 4, 2013
I want to say yes, but I would call rustoleum directly and ask before you commit to the product. See their webpage for the number.
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Mikiebunny
McHenry
November 7, 2012
Since you can paint metal cabinets (I have done so twice over the years), I see no reason why this product wouldn't work on your metal kitchen cabinets.
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Can this product be used on painted cabinets? Should I sand the cabinets first?Really looking forward to using this product.

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Kim
Sarnia
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October 11, 2012
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Mikiebunny
McHenry
October 26, 2012
Yes, you can use this over painted cabinets. You use the deglosser first; then the base coat and, finally the glaze and the seal coat. The deglosser will remove any shiny finish from the paint, but should not remove the paint itself. Be certain to watch for drips in the base coat so that you can remove them before they dry. Also, make sure you set aside twice the amount of time you think it will take, as this is one project that you will need to take your time with in order to achieve a great end product. Good luck!
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DepotMOM
Chicago
March 4, 2013
Yes, it can be used on painted cabinets. Personally I would wash them in TSP first to remove grease, then lightly sand to remove any imperfections. Then just follow the kit instructions. If you prefer a kilz type primer could be used to cover the old paint (especially if it is dark and your going light) for a worry free finish.
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ramair31
Baltimore, MD, USA
March 16, 2013
Yes it can be used on painted cabinets. Sanding is probably less labor intensive than using the deglossing method in the kit. Sanding is going to cause more mess/dust but will smooth out more imperfections that you may have in your cabinets.
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Susan
Jacksonville, FL, USA
March 25, 2013
No need to sand , They give you a deglosser to scrub the cabinet first.
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HeatherP2311
Washington
October 29, 2014
Yes it can!! this is supposed to replace sanding and stripping. The bond coat is nice and thick and goes on so even, itll cover that old cabinet color!!
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Rust-OleumSupport
October 12, 2012
You can use Cabinet Transformations on cabinets. With Cabinet Transformations there is no sanding or priming.
The application video is also attached to this response for more detail on the project itself.
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Can this product be applied with a paint sprayer?

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giantsfan10
Germantown, MD
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August 22, 2012
I find that when using paint brushes, products like this are not applied evenly and some areas end up uneven... can I use a paint sprayer to do this?

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DepotMOM
Chicago
March 4, 2013
I believe you can. The instructions for doing this are in the kit. You can also call Rustoleum for any advice - they were very helpful to me when I called.
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Mikiebunny
McHenry
April 3, 2013
The base coat could certainly be used in a paint sprayer. Naturally, the stain will need to be applied by hand, but if you know how to use a paint sprayer you already know this. Wish I had thought to use my paint sprayer on my cabinet doors. It would have made my life much easier.
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trey0047
Florida, USA
April 9, 2013
it can but only if you are not using the decorative glaze. You need the brush strokes to hold the glaze
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Rust-OleumSupport
August 23, 2012
It is not recommended to spray or roll on the Bond Coat of the Cabinet Transformations® if you plan on applying the Decorative Glaze. As the glaze is wiped off with the Decorative Glazing Cloth, some glaze naturally remains in the vertical grooves made by the brush marks from the Bond Coat. Spraying or rolling on the Bond Coat eliminates the possibility of achieving this effect.

If you will not be using the Decorative Glaze, you can spray the Bond Coat. Reduce with up to 30% water and use a HVLP sprayer at 35psi. To spray the Protective Top Coat, reduce with up to 10% water and use a HVLP sprayer at 35psi. Ideal spray temperature and humidity conditions are 78ºF with 35% humidity.
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fasttr
September 13, 2012
I used a high quality 2" brush when applying and you would never know a brush was used. The product flows and coats very nicely. The biggest issue with brushing is to make sure that deposits do not collect in the decorative recess corners. You do have to have a dry brush available to clean out any residue before it drys. The included video explains this and shows you how to clean out the areas.
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I do not like the matte milky finish of the top coat in the Rustoleum Cabinet Restoration kit. Can I use another product with a glossier finish?

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CMThomas99
Utah
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August 20, 2012
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Mikiebunny
McHenry
October 26, 2012
Yes, you can use any water based polyurethane sealant. Minwax makes a good water based product called Polycrylic, and it comes in flat, satin, semi-gloss and high gloss. Make sure whatever product you use will not "yellow" your project. Ask your paint professional for help in selecting the right polyurethane for your needs.
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DepotMOM
Chicago
March 4, 2013
I would call Rustoleum's 1-800 number for a substitute product recommendation. BTW: My finish did not come out flat matte...it isn't high gloss but there is a little sheen to it.
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Rust-OleumSupport
August 21, 2012
We would not suggest using another top coat with this product. The top coat will dry clear, and only appears milky while applying the product.
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does it work on laminate cabinets?

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rmccarthy
burleson tx
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August 14, 2012
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Rust-OleumSupport
August 15, 2012
Yes, Cabinet Transformations (Model # 258109) works on all wood, laminate, and melamine surfaces providing the same beautiful look.
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Mikiebunny
McHenry
October 26, 2012
I haven't used it on laminate, but I don't see any reason it wouldn't work just fine. I've seen a few kitchen makeover shows on TV where they've painted the laminate, but don't know with what type of paint. You might want to go online to www.DIY.com and research which paints work best. You might also contact a cabinet supplier/manufacturer in your area and ask if laminate can be painted. Good luck!
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DepotMOM
Chicago
March 4, 2013
It works beautifully on laminate!!! My cabinet sides are laminate and it came out better on the bases than the actual wooden cabinet doors.
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trey0047
Florida, USA
April 9, 2013
yes it does, I went over white formica with the River Birch color and am very happy with the final look
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Does this work on wood/particle board cabinets?

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rmccarthy
burleson, tx
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August 14, 2012
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Rust-OleumSupport
August 15, 2012
Yes, Cabinet Transformations (Model # 258109) works on all wood, laminate, and melamine surfaces providing the same beautiful look.
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Mikiebunny
McHenry
October 26, 2012
Yes, it does. My bath cabinet is wood and particle board, and it worked beautifully. You cannot tell the difference between one material and another after having used this kit.
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DepotMOM
Chicago
March 4, 2013
Yes, it works beautifully!!
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trey0047
Florida, USA
April 9, 2013
it works on both I personally re did my white formica cabinets and the difference is night and day
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Door color different from cabinets/

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DIY Mom
Voorhees, NJ
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July 22, 2012
Have to replace ALL my white oak cabinet doors because one broke in half and I can't find a replacement in the old style. I wanted a new style and darker look anyway. Found replacement doors I love but they are unfunished. Will the colors match and be uniform if I use the light to dark Cabinet Transformations kit on the unfinished doors and my existing white oak finished cabinets? I would like to end up with a medium color like Sapele or Cherry.
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Mikiebunny
McHenry
October 26, 2012
If you're the adventurous type like me, do all the cabinets and doors with whatever color kit you like best. You should have the same look on both the cabinet boxes and doors/drawers because your base color and glaze will be used on everything. I just went from very dark cherry cabinets to antique white, and they turned out great! You have to do something with your cabinets at this point, so go ahead. If you don't like it, you can always change it. So throw caution to the wind -- be bold!
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DepotMOM
Chicago
March 4, 2013
I would recommend you use the product on the stiles of the cabinets as well as the cabinet fronts for color unification.
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Rust-OleumSupport
July 26, 2012
If painting over raw wood, it is recommended to use a primer such as Zinsser® Bulls Eye® 1-2-3 Primer to properly seal the surface. You may need to lightly sand away any raised wood grain as well.
Since the door is different than the rest, unfinished and will need to be primed first, it is possible that the color might come out a bit different.
We would suggest testing it on the back of the door first.
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What color is the decorative glaze in the light kit and can you purchase more of it?

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Kristi
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July 8, 2012
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Rust-OleumSupport
July 9, 2012
Kristi - The glaze is actually called Java Brown and can be purchased right at your local Home Depot. The model # is 266227 and I am attaching it to this response.
 
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Susan
Jacksonville, FL, USA
March 25, 2013
dark brown. But you wipe it of to how you like
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Mikiebunny
McHenry
April 3, 2013
It is brown. The less you use, or the more you wipe off, the lighter the antiquing will be. If you want something heavier, remove the glaze with light strokes to obtain your desired look. I would try taking a plain board and painting on the base color; then the glaze. Experiment with it a bit and I'm sure you will find the finish you are hoping for. I don't know if there are Rustoleum glazes available, but the paint department should be able to steer you in the right direction with respect to finding a glaze you will like for your project.
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In the Rustoleum Cabinet transformations light kit, what color is the base coat before it's tinted?

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ashley
orlando
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July 6, 2012
In the Rustoleum Cabinet transformations light kit, what color is the base coat before it's tinted? We ordered this and didn't know it had to be tinted at a store.
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DepotMOM
Chicago
March 4, 2013
I'm not sure what the tint base is, but you can return it to the store and have them tint it in the color you want - no problem. I wouldn't recommend using it untinted straight from the can.
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Mikiebunny
McHenry
April 3, 2013
It's white, but because it is a paint that needs to have color added I would recommend that you take the kit back to the store where you purchased it and have them tint the base for you.
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Rust-OleumSupport
July 9, 2012
Ashley,
The tint base is like a milky white prior to being tinted. You should be able to return to the store, bring your receipt, and get it tinted.
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How do I remove the protective top coat of the Rustoleum Cabinet Transformations product?

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njkelland
Atlanta, GA
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April 21, 2012
I recently purchased the Pure White Cabinet Transformations kit. After 3-4 coats (not 2 as suggested) of the bond coat, I was finally pleased with a very consistent and smooth white finish. It looked great but just needed a shine. At this point, I was happy with the quality of this product, even though it required more coats than expected. Then, upon application of the protective top coat, the white is now a dingy yellowish, which looks terrible. What are my options for removing the yellowish without sanding all the way back to bare wood? Do you suggest another clear protective coat I can use that will not give it this yellow hue? This product came highly recommended and I bought it to avoid sanding, priming and painting, but quite honestly at this point, I feel like doing the complete job would have taken me just as much time with a better end result.
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DepotMOM
Chicago
March 4, 2013
I also had this happen to me. It did have a yellowness to it, but once completed and dry, it was clear.
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Mikiebunny
McHenry
April 3, 2013
Adding another clear topcoat won't change the color on the cabinet now. I would recommend that you go to Rustoleum's website and ask them if there is a product that will remove the topcoat without harming the paint. The polyurethane bonds to the paint, however, so I'm not certain it can be removed. Your only remedy may be to do a very light sanding, do one more coat of paint and then purchase clear polyurethane in whatever finish you like. I generally use a clear Minwax polyurethane and have never had a problem with it looking yellow. I believe the polyurethane packaging even says it will not yellow. That's what you want, and you can purchase it in whatever sheen you like. Good luck.
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Designing Woman
Atlanta, GA
April 24, 2012
Hello njkelland and thank you for your question. I am sorry to hear about your experience.

I spoke to the manufacturer to find out what happened with the Rust-Oleum Cabinet Transformations product on your cabinets. It may have turned yellow due to tannin bleed-through. Do you know if your cabinets are oak? Is the yellowing occurring in certain spots or over large areas? Is it on the frame as well?

To remove the yellowing, you will need to de-gloss or lightly sand the cabinets. Use an oil-based primer; Cover Stain by Zinsser is recommended. You can then use the Rust-Oleum Cabinet Transformations Color Kit or select another paint product.

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Rust-OleumSupport
September 6, 2012
We are sorry that you are not happy with the top coat. Please call us (Rust-Oleum) as we guarantee our products.
(877) 385-8155
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Are color samples (light) available on-line.

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Nancy
Colfax CA
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April 20, 2012
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April 24, 2012
Hello Valued Home Depot Customer,
Thanks for your question and interest in this item. The item is not available online, but it may be available in your local Home Depot store as a special order item. You may contact them to see if they can special order the item. To locate a store near you, please click on the “store locator” found at the top of each page. If you have any further questions, please contact our Online Customer Service Department at 800-430-3376 between 6:00 a.m. and 2:00 a.m. Eastern Time daily.
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Mikiebunny
McHenry
October 26, 2012
If you go to Rustoleum.com you can see online photos, but monitors differ and the color may not be true to a finished product seen in person.
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DepotMOM
Chicago
March 4, 2013
You can see color options by going to the Rustoleum cabinet transformations web page. There you can click on color choices and see how they look left alone or glazed. Browse through their testimonial pictures from actual users to see if you find what your looking for too.
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