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The idea of simply painting your kitchen cabinets might seem easy enough at first. But, in practice, getting the job done right takes knowledge and experience. One way to ensure a quality finish is to use self leveling paint. Wait! What is self leveling paint?
Self leveling is a term that is used to describe certain types of paint that become smoother (or level out) as they dry. These self leveling paints are specially formulated to prevent brush strokes, stippling (specks from the roller), and roller marks from forming during the drying process. Paints with a self leveling formulation are preferred for kitchen cabinets and other highly-visible projects because of their unblemished appearance.
Self leveling is more of a feature or a characteristic of the way certain paints are formulated and not really an option you can add to other paints. There are additives you can add to paints that may help reduce marks and create smoother surfaces but the final product may not have the same self leveling effect.