Among all the painting tasks refinishing cabinets stands out as our favorite. Our aim is to produce a surface totally free of defects that is velvety smooth to the touch. This level of finishing is artistry and requires a high level of craftsmanship.
Did you know there is a standard by which cabinet construction is measured and that this standard includes optimal coating performance?
KCMA stands for 'Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers Association' and their standards may be found here. They submit coatings to a battery of tests to ensure that they will hold up to common household wear and chemicals (water, detergent, mustard, alchohol, etc.).
If you are looking to refinish your cabinets we strongly recommend using a finish that passes KCMA requirements (products that do usually say so in the techincal specifications). One of our favorite products is General Finishes' Tinted Spray Poly. It can be tinted to any paint color, sprays on beautifully, and dries down to an incredibly tough finish.
What To Expect
*Absolutely no shortcuts! It's worth saying twice: absolutely no shortcuts!
*Meticulous catalouging and storage of cabinetry hardware
*Washing of all surfaces to be coated. Grease and oils from cooking, touching, and cleaners need to be removed so that there are no adhesion issues. This step is indispensible
*Comprehensive preparatory work. No dents or dings are left behind. Aggresssive sanding, usually sanding up to 400 grit sandpaper to ensure no sanding marks telescope through the coating and are visible in the final product
*Usually (2) coats of undercoater. Undercoaters are high build primers that are meant to be sanded smooth. Think of them as preparatory tools that help perfect the surface
*Multiple coats of finish. It is not uncommon for up to (3) coats to be applied-more when decorative effects are applied (glaze, toners, etc.)