Cabinet Finishing Process
Remove and Label Doors & Drawers
Each door is disassembled and labeled for future reference. The hinges and hardware are unscrewed from the doors and stored in the same cubbie it was removed from. The upper hinge is stored on the upper shelf and the lower hinge stored on the lower shelf in the cubbie to ensure all door hardware is later reassembled exactly the way it was before our arrival, minimizing any adjustments needed during reassembly.
Prepare doors & Drawers for transport to workshop
We then take each door and drawer that was removed and wrap them to prepare them for transport back to our offsite workshop where they will be refinished separately from the cabinet boxes. This reduces the time spent inside the customers home and the need for garage space to set up a spray station, sanding station, and drying station. We have all our specialized equipment back at the shop.
Preparation and masking
Once the doors and drawers have been removed we will begin laying red rosin paper to protect your flooring and countertops while we work. The cabinet boxes will be outlined by 2" Frog tape and 12" paper to protect your walls from overspray. Each cabinet cubby and drawer hole will be masked using Frog Tape and Paper, creating a barrier and sealing all your cabinet contents behind our masking. We will also use our spring loaded EZ- up Poles attached to painters plastic to create a plastic barrier from floor to ceiling which will contain any dust or overspray from spreading outside the work area.
Scuff sand and apply grain filler as needed
In order to promote mechanical adhesion all the cabinet boxes, as well as the doors and drawers back at the shop, will be scuff sanded and deglossed. We will also apply grain filler as needed to ensure we deliver a solid uniform finished product without dark pores or black cracks from grainy substrates.
Prime with BIN Shellac
In order to seal the cabinet substrate we will be using BIN Shellac for its excellent tannin blocking properties which prevents the natural oils from the wood from bleeding through to the top coat. It is also sticks to almost anything and is extremely easy to sand to a fine powder. It gives us the perfect blank canvas to apply our topcoat to.
Spray finish product, sanding between coats
Using our fine finish HVLP turbine sprayer and cup gun equipped with the 3M PPS System we can easily swap between colors, spray upside down, and fine tune our spray pattern. We can adjust the rate of material flow, the amount of atomizing air, the size and angle of the fan, as well as the pattern. With this amount of control we can optimize our material transfer rate, producing less overspray and an overall flawless finish. We use an industrial strength waterborne top coat, which means it dries fast like a water based product and hard like an oil based product. It also provides some flexibility to reduce the change of chipping due to door slams and heavy traffic.
Transport doors & drawers from shop and reinstall
Once all the doors and drawers have gone through the same process back at the workshop they are then wrapped and prepped for transportation back to the customers house where they are reinstalled. Finally any touch up will be taken care of if needed and slight hinge adjustments may be made to make sure the finished product looks as good as possible.