Ever since the quarantine began, everyone just started flocking in the kitchen. Suddenly, we are all master chefs trying to make something out of the groceries in the house so we wouldn’t have to go out and buy dinner. But while it’s easy to watch a video tutorial on how to cook carbonara, we often forget cleaning up, or should I say we don’t want to. Thankfully, there is a way to lessen the cooking mess or at least make it easier for us to tidy up. And that is, painting the kitchen cabinetry with the Duco finish.Boysen Tutorials: Pros and Cons of Duco Finish | MyBoysen

High-gloss finishes on wood are the trend these days. As we have said in our previous feature, aside from its striking appeal, it is the go-to paint finish for most kitchen furniture as it provides an excellent water barrier. Furthermore, since kitchens are naturally busy with all the cooking and washing being done in there, giving your area the Duco finish allows extra protection from stain. Here is the article for you to read:

Boysen Tutorials: How to Achieve the Duco Paint Finish


But just like any smart DIYer, you have to weigh things and research on the project you’re about to start. For example, to achieve the Duco finish, you have to have a certain technical skill. This is the reason why it is suggested as a DIFM (do-it-for-me) project. However, in our current state, I understand if you don’t want an outsider inside your home. If so, you have to read up and help yourself.

Should You Choose Duco Paint Finish for Your Kitchen?

Are you physically and financially ready to create yourself a Duco-finished kitchen? Take notes!

Boysen Tutorials: Pros and Cons of Duco Finish | MyBoysen

You have to know very well what you’re getting yourself into before even picking up the brush or the spray paint. Refer to the images above and weigh the pros and cons. First up, unlike the dull and boring kitchens you always see, Duco paint finish will make your kitchen a standout and will help increase the value of your home should you decide to sell it in the future. It also protects your kitchen from water seepage and stain from all the cooking, making it last longer. But the best and probably the most important part is that the high-gloss finish makes it the easiest to clean as compared to other paint finishes.

On the other hand, to achieve the Duco finish takes up a lot of time, money, and effort. Since high-gloss finish highlights all the imperfections of the surface, to resolve it, the whole system of painting tends to be repetitive depending on the level of imperfection evident on the surface or the aesthetics level you want to achieve. Repetitive means that you can go over the procedure again (primer-putty-primer-topcoat) without having to get rid of the new paint, considering that you’re going to use the same products. You should also know that the Duco finish is not made for exterior surfaces as it most likely peels and flakes when directly exposed to sunlight.

So, Are You Ready to Turn Your Lackluster Kitchen into a Dazzling One?

Here are kitchen painting ideas from the Boysen team for when you’re done with thinking about your options and deciding to go on with the Duco finish. Click the link and get inspired.

Painting Ideas: Turn a Lackluster Kitchen into a Dazzling One

Ask a professional if you do encounter technical problems with your paint project. Our team would be more than happy to assist you. Just call this number (02) 8363-9738 local 417 to 418 during office hours or write an email to ask@myboysen.com.


Jess is a copywriter who brushes up on her paint knowledge daily. Together with Boysen professionals, she makes the technical stuff easier to digest. When she’s not writing, she searches the internet for the latest dessert bar.


  1. Hello thanks for the article. Can you please let me know if we can do normal paint (any wall paint) on top of duco paint? I have got duco paint done 7 years back and not the shine has reduced but now I want to change the colour and do not want duco paint again, so planning to do a normal wall paint.


    • While technically, you can apply normal wood paint on top of duco paint, adhesion may be compromised because of the existing paint’s smooth finish.

      For your interior walls, if you would like to use regular paint, we recommend stripping to bare wood and then doing the BOYSEN Quick Drying Enamel System. Click here for product details and instructions: http://bit.ly/2IV1ZAi

      However, if odor is a concern, you may want to try our new product called BOYSEN WoodPrime. This is our water-based primer for interior wooden walls. If BOYSEN WoodPrime is the primer used, you may use other water-based paints, like BOYSEN Permacoat Latex as topcoat. Click here for product details and instructions: https://bit.ly/3kIhDmp

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