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Absolutely. Whether the kitchen or bathroom cabinets are formica, or wood they can still be painted. The most important steps in painting kitchen/bathroom cabinets is cleaning the cabinets thoroughly to remove grease. Then sand the surface to scuff it up and wipe down with a tack rag, then apply a good coat of oil based XIM Bonding primer to all of the surfaces. Once the bonding primer dries then the cabinets can be painted. But remember once the surface is painted it can still be chipped just like a car finish can be. You need to be careful. Here are some pictures of a bathroom Ron's Painting just finished.
I am very familiar with what you are seeing on the handrails of your Sanibel home. The black you are seeing is mildew. It is actually growing on your handrails under your existing paint. The last time your handrails were painted, the painting contractor that you had paint the handrails did not wash the handrails with bleach and water and rinse them with clean water. Because this was not done, your painter just painted over the mildew and it is growing under your paint. There are two solutions to this problem. The first solution is to chemically strip the existing coating of paint off of the handrails, clean with bleach and water then repaint your handrails. This solution is very costly. Your other options is to clean with bleach and water to remove any existing mildew this is now on the handrails and just paint the handrails. Unless the paint starts to come off I would recommend just repainting over your existing paint job. This is the most economical solution. This is why it is so important when doing any type of exterior painting to always wash the surface down with bleach and water then rinse with clean water. This is a problem all over Southwest Florida, it is not just a problem on Sanibel.