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How to Paint Kitchen Cabinets

By: Léa Plourde-Archer


6 min read

How to Paint Kitchen Cabinets

By: Léa Plourde-Archer

PaintRenovation tipsHow to Paint Kitchen Cabinets

Are you looking at your kitchen cabinets thinking about how they're old and outdated but still intact? Maybe you aren’t quite ready to replace them because the frames and doors are structurally sound, or a whole new cabinet renovation just isn't in your budget. Whatever the case, for a quick kitchen update, all that cabinets require is a fresh coat of paint!

Brush on a new coat of paint to give your cabinets a quick update! This simple DIY task requires a bit of patience and finesse but can be completed by almost any homeowner. Follow our straightforward steps and your kitchen cabinets will be looking fresh and current in no time!

Here are the 5 main steps to follow when painting kitchen cabinets

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1) Get Prepped!

The most important steps when painting kitchen cabinets do not happen in the painting itself, but in fact, happen in the preparation for the project! To guarantee that your paint job goes as smoothly as possible, you'll want to be good and ready.

An important note is to understand which types of kitchen cabinets can be painted. Metal, wood, and wood-laminate cabinets are the easiest types to paint whereas plastic laminate cabinets can be quite difficult. If you’re working with plastic laminate cabinets, do bear in mind that they require a special kind of paint as well as a specific technique.

Regardless of your cabinet's material, we’d recommend testing a sample of the paint on an unnoticeable area to make sure the paint will stick and come out in the shade you’re looking for. Also bear in mind that flat doors and drawers will be much easier to paint than detailed woodwork or raised panels. If your cabinet doors have detailing, they’ll need more time to prep, paint, and dry.  

One of the most common mistakes homeowners make when painting their kitchen cabinets is forgetting to remove the doors from their place. However, this step is crucial. Take the doors off, remove all hardware as well as any knobs, hinges, or additional drawers you plan on painting. This will make the painting process far easier than attempting to paint the cabinets while they're still in place.

After removing all fixtures, label the doors, drawers, and hardware! This step may seem unnecessary, but in the end, you'll be thankful! Label each door with tape so you’ll know where they go when the job is finished. Use numbered labels or pieces of masking tape stuck to the backside of each piece. 

Painted kitchen cabinets

2) Clean the Kitchen Cabinet Surfaces

Following the removal and labelling, you'll want to devote more time to prep the surface of your cabinets. This involves thoroughly cleaning, sanding and priming every inch of the surface. Cleaning the surface of the cabinets is a vital step, allowing for your new paint and primer to adhere properly.

Since kitchens deal with daily grime and grease, years of dirt is hanging around and sticking to your cabinets, so you need to be extra attentive to any buildup or residue.

To do this, you should work with a TSP Substitute. If the cabinets have been cleaned recently, or aren't too greasy, a degreaser will work just fine. It may take a few passes of the substitute or degreaser before the cabinet is fully prepped, so roll up those sleeves and put your arms to work! Not only do you have to clean the cabinets themselves, but make sure to clean the surrounding area as well. Be sure to avoid soaking cabinets with water, as this could lead to permanent damage.

Any grease in the area could make its way onto your freshly painted cabinets, and you don’t want your new paint job to be tainted by leftover grime. If you notice little imperfections on the surface of the cabinets that you want to fill in, now would be the time. If you're working with wood cabinets, use a wood filler. 

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3) Sand the Surfaces

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Even if your cabinets are new or in mint condition, do not skip sanding them. Sanding further prepares the surface for the paint and primer to adhere. Skipping this step will likely end in an uneven paint job that you'll be hoping you could take back.  A rotary sander can be used for this job, specifically for flat areas of cabinets. Hand sand the parts that are sticking out or any small details on cabinets. We should mention that when sanding cabinets, it’s not required that you remove all existing paint. 

Do not forget about door edges! Determine the type of sandpaper you use based on the shape your cabinets are in. If you're unsure, play it safe and go for medium grain sandpaper. If your cabinets have been previously painted, this may require stripping the surface, which is a necessary extra step! 

4) Prime the Cabinet Surface!

Some homeowners will be tempted to skip this step or buy a paint-and-primer in one product. But beware, neither of these options will have the desired outcome. Priming the surface is yet another way to prepare for painting, as well as to avoid unwanted knots bleeding through months down the line by offering a solid base for water-based or semi-gloss paints. Make sure to choose a water-soluble primer or one that has been recommended for the type of surface you are working on, as well as the kitchen.

Also, it's important that the primer is tinted to match the top coat and is especially crucial if the original surface is dark. You'll want to avoid the potential for the initial colour to bleed through and taint the new paint colour. After your primer coat is dry, gently sand away any imperfections that you find on the surface, but be very careful with this step as you want the primer to stay intact.

Kitchen cabinets

5) Time to Paint the Cabinets

After all the initial steps, we are finally ready to paint those kitchen cabinets! Firstly, make sure to choose the correct colour. Although this is a straightforward project, it's not one that you'll want to repeat anytime soon. Thus, as we mentioned in our first step, be certain that you've painted a test surface to see how the colour dries. If you're satisfied, then you can go ahead with painting the cabinets. Not only is the colour important, but you'll want to buy the right type of paint for the kitchen.

Choose between acrylic enamel paint and alkyd paint. Water-based acrylic paints have little fumes and clean easily whereas alkyd or oil-based paints need to be applied in a space with good ventilation, as they contain solvents that can irritate the lungs. However, alkyd paints provide a very durable finish.

Buy the best quality paint you can afford, as this will ensure the paint's longevity.  There exist self-levelling paints that level out brush marks as the paint dries, making for a super smooth finish. Make sure paint is well-stirred and start with your cabinet doors, as they will need time to dry in order to paint both sides.

Then you’ll want to move onto wood pieces and moulding, followed lastly by drawers. Avoid allowing the paint to accumulate in one spot. Make sure to leave at least 3 hours between coats of paint. Some homeowners may choose to apply between 2 and 3 coats, as 3 coats will protect against heat, splatter, and frequent use. Complete the paint job with a small brush, making sure to be extra careful around door edges and delicate details.

Finish painting with a foam roller to smooth things out nicely, especially if you're not working with self-levelling paint. Now, it's time to wait. Don't be too hasty when reattaching cabinet doors; give ample time for everything to dry and your cabinets will be beautiful and ready to use in no time! 

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However, whether it's a door, deck, fence, or furniture, to get a professional-looking result, you'll need the right tools, the right products, and the right technique. With every step of the process, everything must be done properly. Here's a list of tips to avoid making mistakes while painting. Step 1: Prepare the surface Albeit crucial for a decent finish, adequately preparing the surface is often an overlooked step when painting. Clean the wood prior to painting it Grease and dirt prevent paint from holding up, increase the drying time, and result in the paint's yellowing. Start by vacuuming or spot-dusting all surfaces. Then, use a degreaser (a trisodium phosphate solution or TSP) to eliminate grease stains, dirt, or any other contaminants. Remove the current coat of paint If there are paint remnants, remove the latter with a putty knife. Simply scrape the surface. Sanding will help remove all residual paint. If the paint isn’t easily removed, use a stripper. Step 2: Sand the wood Essentially, sanding down the wood will make the surface smooth and favourable to the new coat of paint’s adherence. The wood must be completely dry. On rougher surfaces, use coarse grit paper. On surfaces with fewer imperfections, medium-grit paper will get the job done. For a quality finish, close this step by sanding the entire surface with fine-grit paper. Tips: Always sand with the grain, not against it. Never use a metal wire brush or stainless steel on wood as it’ll damage the fibres. Don’t push down on the sander to avoid digging into the wood. Trick: To easily remove dust, use a vacuum and then wipe down the surface with a damp rag. Step 3: Apply the paint The paint is applied according to a few steps. Apply a coat of primer Since wood is a porous material, it absorbs paint unevenly. By applying a primer, it allows for an even layer of paint. It can also help conceal any small flaws like stains that didn’t come out when you cleaned the surface. The primer can be applied with a paintbrush or a roller. Depending on the surface and product you’re using, you may need one or more coats of primer. Tip: On wood, using an oil-based primer is best since a latex one risks raising the wood grain. A grey primer is preferred beneath dark paint and a white or clear primer beneath a light shade. Apply a finish coat with a paintbrush or roller For vertical surfaces, it’s best to paint from top to bottom, and always with the grain, not against it. By painting in one go, you’re ensuring that there are no brush or roller strokes. Apply as many coats of paint as necessary to obtain the desired result. Pro tip: Is your painting project spread out over several days? Instead of cleaning your paintbrushes and rollers every day, slip them into individual bags, seal them, and leave them in the refrigerator. Apply a protective finish Many types of paint are advertised as providing water or wear protection. However, it's best to apply a product specially designed to ensure the durability of the wood. The varnishes currently available on the market include a wide range of finishes that highlight the beauty of your project while also adequately protecting it. For an impeccable finish, lightly sand the surface between each coat of varnish. Trick: Varnish is a little denser than paint. Apply thin coats of varnish to avoid bubbling, drippage, and streaks. Are you looking for experts for your paint project? Fill in our form to be connected with top-rated contractors! How to Paint or Stain Wood Patio Furniture Source: Canva Talk about the perfect weekend project! By following along with the steps detailed below, you’ll be able to benefit from your garden furniture for many years to come. Here’s how to go about it. Step 1: Prepare the surface Start by looking over all the surfaces. If there’s mould, clean it off with a part of bleach and a three-part water solution. Rinse and allow to dry. On a cold day, move the furniture inside the house so that it dries faster. When the weather is nice, just ensure it's sheltered from the rain. Don't cover the furniture with a tarp or plastic sheet since adequate air circulation allows it to dry completely. Step 2: Sand and strip the surface Sand the wood with the grain, first with coarse-grit paper, then with finer paper until the surface finish is nice and smooth. If necessary, use a stripper to remove the current layer of paint. Step 3: Apply and treat wood paint The old layer of paint or stain can sometimes serve as a primer. Otherwise, ask a capable sales representative for help in choosing the right primer for the job at hand. To paint wood garden furniture, you have to choose quality products that won’t alter when exposed to the sun, will resist adverse weather conditions, and will also protect the wood. Keep in mind that exterior wood paint needs to be more efficient than interior wood paint. Once painted, leave your furniture to dry in a clean, well-ventilated area. Don't leave the furniture outside because the wind carries dust and particles that can stick to the still-wet surfaces. What type of paint should be used on wood? Source: Canva To paint wood, you have to choose the right type of paint. Depending on the surface and the intended use, you can choose between acrylic paint, solvent-based paint, oil-based paint, or spray paint. Every type of paint has its respective advantages and disadvantages, and for that matter, you’ll have to choose according to your specific needs. Here are a few Canadian wood paint brands that’ll improve your décor. This type of paint is normally available in several colours and can also be used on flooring. INSL-X Prime Lock Plus – $49.99 Prime Lock Plus is an all-purpose, high-coverage primer that gives the finishing coat a gloss and even appearance. It can be coated with a layer of alkyd or latex finish. It can also be used as a touch-up primer for outdoor surfaces. SICO Exterior Wood Paint and Primer – $79.99 This 100% acrylic latex paint has the distinct benefit of working at temperatures ranging from 1°C to 32°C. It doesn’t require a primer, is resistant to mould, and has excellent UV ray resistance too. Benjamin Moore’s AURA Exterior Paint – $39.99 to $109.99 AURA exterior paint allows you to carry out your projects in record time, while still using less paint. We appreciate the fact that it has superior coverage, excellent durability, and colour-fade resistance.

8 min read 02 Mar 2023

What You Need to Know About Urethane Paint

Are you looking to cover your indoor or outdoor flooring with strong, durable paint? Urethane or polyurethane paint is exactly what you need. For your wood decking, concrete walkway, cement garage floor, or steel-framed pergola, this paint will get the job done, regardless of the weather. Here’s everything you need to know about this type of paint. The Definition of Urethane Paint Source: Canva Urethane paint gets its name from the urethane links found in binders by means of an oxygen-carbon-nitrogen-hydrogen chain. It’s created by the chemical reaction between a monomer molecule (urethane paint) or a polymer (polyurethane paint) bearing an isocyanate and an element with one or more additional hydrogen molecules. When you’re perusing urethane paint technical data sheets, manufacturers will specify whether the paint is an acrylic polyurethane converted into an aliphatic isocyanate. Wait, what does that even mean? What’s an isocyanate? An isocyanate’s an ion, meaning a group of atoms. This chemical substance is made up of “isocyanate functional groups,” which are ions grouped together around what chemists call “organic radicals,” which can be: Aromatic compounds; Aliphatic compounds (fats); Alicyclic compounds (non-aromatic fats). Here's a distinction based on the number of isocyanate functional groups: Monoisocyanates (single functional group); Diisocyanates (2 functional groups); Oligomers, homopolymers, polyisocyanates, etc. (more than 2 isocyanate functional groups). With urethane paint, the most used formula is that of an aliphatic compound mixture made of hexamethylene diisocyanate (HDI) oligomers grouped together in two types of molecular structures: Biuret; Isocyanurate. Why’s that important to know? Because it’s exactly those isocyanates that are the leading cause of occupational asthma in Quebec. As such, you have to follow instructions when using this type of paint. Are you looking for experts for your paint project? Fill in our form to be connected with top-rated contractors! What are the characteristics of polyurethane paint? Source: Canva Urethane paint has very interesting characteristics. It can be applied to: Indoor and outdoor surfaces (pylons, tanks, etc.); Plywood; Solid wood; Steel; Galvanized steel; Concrete; Painted or stained floors (alkyd or latex). It also has exceptional properties, such as a drying time that can be limited to 2 hours between handling, as a result of a urethane accelerator. If the structure on which the paint is applied is meant for people, you can apply an anti-slip coating to the urethane paint if there isn’t one already. As we’ll delve into further when discussing the paint types, there are urethane paints that have anti-slip characteristics. You can even apply urethane paint to a rusty, steel surface. The only things you should consider are: Surface preparation; Making sure it isn’t damaged. 10 Advantages of this Paint Type Waterproof; Self-sealing; Impervious to concrete alkalinity; Withstands cracks and chips; Doesn’t require a primer; Adapts to material motions (e.g. wood, metal); Withstands UV rays and bad weather; Available in numerous colours; Doesn’t fade; Practically odourless. How to Apply Polyurethane Paint Source: Canva Some manufacturers mention it in their technical data sheet, others don’t, but note that freshly applied paints are fragile. Following the application, avoid walking on the painted surface for a few days. Doing so could damage the paint’s protective coating. Make sure the humidity level in the room in question isn’t too high (for indoor use), and that it’s well aired out if the painted surface happens to be wood. Most importantly, wait 30 days before cleaning the surface, otherwise, you risk wiping off the paint. Why is that? Because urethane paint takes 30 days to cure. Applying a thicker coat of paint won’t render the paint-coated surface more protected. It’s quite the opposite. A too-thick coat of paint will weaken the paint’s protective coating. Refer to the paint's technical data sheet to know the exact paint film thickness needed. If not specified, 3 to 5 mils (75 to 125 µm) will do. Urethane Paint Models Source: Canva We’ll highlight 3 paints: Sico acrylic latex paint; MP platinum acrylic urethane-fortified paint; Rust-Oleum urethane mastic. 1- Sico anti-slip acrylic latex paint Now this is the anti-slip polyurethane paint we mentioned earlier in the paint’s characteristics section. It’s perfect for decks, patios, and floors, and the Sico brand of polyurethane paint can be applied to both wood floors and concrete surfaces. This 30 oz (887 ml) can of paint can coat a surface area between 120 and 140 sq. ft., twice over. However, it can’t be applied year-round. It’s best applied in temperatures between 10°C (50°F) and 32°C (90°F). One final word of advice: Avoid treading on your floor for at least 24 hours. 2- MF 3500: Platinum urethane acrylic fortified paint MF urethane paint is made with 100% polyurethane acrylic resin that meets all the quality standards we’ve mentioned earlier regarding this type of paint. However, while it’s perfect to coat wood, concrete, fibreglass, plywood, and stained floors, it can’t be applied to metal. Also, pay close attention to the type of wood onto which you're applying the paint. Remember when we mentioned that urethane paints are self-sealing? Well, they're not when it comes to new wood surfaces that are likely to bleed, such as exotic wood, red cedar, or wood veneers and glued laminated wood. Just like all urethane paints, don’t apply it in temperatures below 10°C (50°F) or above 32°C (90°F). What about its weak selling points? Probably the fact that 3 finishing coats are needed to ensure durability. With 4 hours of drying time between finishing coats, that adds up to 12 hours total of drying time for light colours alone. Why light colours? Because with dark colours, you need to plan for 8 hours of drying time between each coat. After a 24-hour drying time has elapsed, you still might not be done yet. This paint isn’t typically anti-slip. This is why MF Paints strongly recommends that you apply an anti-slip coating, i.e. 2 additional coats. 3- Rust-Oleum urethane mastic Rust-Oleum markets a paint finish with a 2-year rust-proof guarantee. This guarantee isn’t contingent upon specific conditions, including the application of multiple coats, taking into account well-defined factors such as: Use at 25°C (77°F) and 50% relative humidity; Drying time at temperatures from 21-27°C (70-80°F); Relative humidity at 50% when drying. Not at all, because DTM 9800 System urethane paint works with just 1 coat. So one 106 oz (3.14 litres) can coats a surface area of 280 sq. ft. All the better, since its weak selling point is the same as that of MF 3500, except worse. The drying time between coats is 16 to 24 hours. This can be cut down to 4 or 5 hours by applying an accelerator. Why even consider multiple coats when a single one suffices? As highlighted by the manufacturer, professional painters apply 2 coats to surfaces stripped by means of abrasive blasting. This technique requires a tank sprayer. At this point, remember what we mentioned in our definition of urethane paint, notably the part about isocyanates and asthma: spraying without protection is harmful to your lungs, so leave it to the professionals. Back to its advantages, because there's more to it than that. This brand of urethane paint is available in 10 different colours: Aluminum; Blue; Silver; Navy gray; Yellow; Black; Red; Regal red; White; Beige. The only thing you need to know is that applying a grey or red primer will result in a better outcome. Unlike the previous paints described above, there's yet another major difference: Application temperatures are much higher. You can paint surfaces at temperatures between 5°C and 38°C (40°F and 100°F). In Quebec, to apply urethane paint worry-free, we recommend a good temperature variation. Urethane Paint Price Point Source: Canva The cost of urethane paint varies according to brand and model, rather than retailer. Check the model number or product code. At Patrick Morin's renovation centre, 100% acrylic and polyurethane latex paint by Sico retails for $28 for a 1-gallon (3.78-litre) can covering 140 sq. ft. The same retailer also sells a similar paint can, but with a different product code, this time priced at $66. So be careful. At Rona, the same can retails for $29. At Tenaquip, Rust-Oleum acrylic urethane floor paint costs around $78 for 1 gallon (3.78 litres) and covers 270 sq. ft. (25 m²). Bottom line: Know what you’re buying and compare the different characteristics of each can of urethane paint.

6 min read 01 Mar 2023

Protect Your Concrete Floors With Epoxy Paint

Epoxy concrete surface paint is a sought-after option for those looking to protect their floors while also rendering them aesthetically pleasing. With its winning combination made up of high-end durability, the ability to withstand chemical products, an easy-to-clean factor, and a glossy finish, this solution is increasingly used in homes, businesses, and public spaces. We’ll delve into the characteristics of this type of paint, as well as the related costs, and the factors that must be taken into consideration prior to its application. If you’re thinking of using this product, check out this article. What’s Epoxy Concrete Floor Paint? Source: Canva Epoxy paint is a floor coating made of epoxy resin. It has become a popular option amongst home- and business owners who are looking to improve the durability and appearance of their concrete floors. In Quebec, epoxy concrete floor paint is increasingly used due to its numerous advantages. In fact, it’s known for its superior resistance to scratches, chemical products, and UV rays. Also, it’s typically easy to clean and maintain. The above-mentioned makes it a practical option when it comes to environments that are prone to heavy foot traffic and for individuals who don’t have a lot of spare time to devote to floor maintenance. The benefits of epoxy concrete floor paint are plenty: Shock- and wear-resistant: Perfect for garage, warehouse, and workshop use; Wide range of colours and finishes: Customized according to each and everyone’s needs and preferences; Easy-to-clean, smooth, and non-porous surface: Provides optimal sanitary standards for spaces such as kitchens, bathrooms, and workspaces. Are you looking for experts for your painting project? Fill in this form to be connected with top-rated contractors! Paint’s Features for Indoor and Outdoor Concrete Surfaces Source: Canva As we’ve previously stated, epoxy concrete surface paint is available in a wide variety of colours and finishes that can be used to customize the appearance of surfaces. When it comes to choosing an epoxy concrete floor paint colour, gray is always a popular choice. It’s a neutral colour that can be paired with numerous styles of decoration and that can be used to create a contemporary or traditional look. Furthermore, a light gray can be beneficial in helping light reflect in a room, which can make the room appear brighter and cozier. Epoxy paint is known for its fast-drying properties; a definite advantage for those who are looking to use the just-painted space as quickly as possible. Typically, epoxy concrete floor paint needs about 24 hours to dry, but this can vary based on the weather conditions and whether the air is humid. Epoxy concrete surface paint can also be used on driveways. Applying said coating can help protect the concrete from the elements, such as rain, snow, and salt, which can result in surface damage and early deterioration. Furthermore, epoxy concrete floor paint provides surfaces with a non-slip coating that can help prevent falls. In a nutshell, whether you’re looking to enhance the appearance of your driveway, garage floor, outdoor steps, or pool area, epoxy concrete surface paint can be a practical and efficient solution for you. Due to its unique features, benefits, and various styles available, it’s really easy to find the epoxy paint that best suits your project and gives your concrete surface the durable finish and appearance you’re looking for. How to Apply Epoxy Concrete Surface Paint to a Garage Floor Source: Canva Applying a coat of epoxy paint can be quick and easy. Here are the steps to follow when applying epoxy paint to your concrete or garage floor: 1- Prepare the surface The first step consists of meticulously cleaning the concrete surface. This process includes sweeping, cleaning with soap and water, rinsing and drying the entire surface. Make sure that the surface is devoid of any residue, such as oil or grease. If needed, use a concrete stripper to remove any tough stains. 2- Sand If the surface is rugged, sand it down with an electric sander or a concrete grinder to ultimately work with a smooth surface. Make sure that the surface is completely dry before moving forth. 3- Prepare the paint Follow the instructions listed on the epoxy paint can. Typically, you’ll be required to mix two different components, a resin and a hardener, to activate the paint. 4- Apply the first coat With a paint roller, apply the first coat of paint. Paint one section at a time, while also ensuring the paint is applied evenly. Make sure that the coat is even and that no paint bubbles or blisters are forming. Allow the first coat to dry according to the manufacturer’s instructions. 5- Apply the second coat Repeat the same steps as the above-mentioned to apply a second coat of paint. Allow the paint to dry according to the manufacturer’s instructions. 6- Finish Once the paint is completely dry, you can apply a finishing coat to protect the surface and give it that additional sheen. Precautionary measures when applying the paint It’s important to take the right precautionary measures when applying epoxy paint to avoid any accidents. Wear gloves and protective goggles, and work in a well-ventilated area to avoid inhaling fumes. Also, it’s advised to wear a respirator mask to protect your lungs. How much does epoxy concrete floor paint cost? Source: Canva Now that we’ve gone over the characteristic, advantages, and application process of epoxy concrete floor paint, we can now delve into the various styles available in Canada as well as their respective costs. In terms of the various styles available, one can choose from a wide range of colours and finishes. Epoxy concrete surface paint is available in gray, white, beige, black, and brown, as well as other colours. You can also choose between a glossy or satin finish, depending on your preferences. The cost of such a product depends on a number of factors, notably the quality of the paint, the surface to be coated, and the complexity of the project. Typically, you’ll have to pay between $50 to $100 for an epoxy paint kit that covers 200 square feet. High-end brands can cost up to $200 to cover the same square footage. Note that it’s important not to be led solely by costs, other determining factors should be considered when choosing an epoxy paint. Make sure that you’re choosing high-quality paint to obtain the best results possible. Look online for advice and product recommendations, or ask a professional for their opinion in regard to choosing the best option for your project. Epoxy paint can be an unbelievable option to revamp the appearance and enhance the durability of your concrete surfaces. Despite the costs associated with the purchase of quality epoxy paint, this can be a wise investment to increase the service life of the surface in question.

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