Cabinet doors and hardware are removed (marking each by location), and then taken off-site to be prepared and finished.
All cabinet surfaces are washed to remove any dirt, grease, nicotine etc.I have very specific cleaners / de-greasers & a very specific way of cleaning for the preparation process so you can leave the cleaning to me. All surfaces are thoroughly sanded before priming, to ensure a good "bite" for primer to adhere.
Any surface defects or scratches will be fixed at this time as well as the filling of existing knob holes and re-drilling (if re-locating handles). ** see box # 4 for more info on re-drilling holes.
Once surfaces are prepared, a high-bonding primer will be applied. When primer is dry, the finish paint coats will be applied.
Sanding in between each coat is done for better adhesion and offers a smoother, professional finish. This process of preparing, priming, sanding, drying - allowing proper dry times between coats is critical (16 hr re-coat for the product I use).
Please Note: Only doors, drawer fronts and any mouldings that can easily be removed are spray painted off-site. The remaining cabinet "boxes" , panels, facade and face frames are hand painted with special rollers to achieve a spray-like finishthat's brush mark free.
When cabinet doors and drawers are ready to be handled they will be delivered, installed and adjusted for alignment. With customer approval, the project and payment is finalized.
If there are counter-top(s) or cabinet "reno" changes required, it is recommended these be completed prior to painting.
Although painting can be done before counter-top installation, care must be taken with the fresh paint as it may not be fully cured. Charges will apply to repair any scratched or damaged paint surfaces from counter-top installation.
If purchasing new hardware, these items must be on site prior to starting the project, so holes can be drilled before painting. This also allows for any back-ordering, if required, to obtain enough hardware for your job.
Although I can assist with selection of cabinet colour, I do not accept responsibility for your final colour choice. It is highly recommended to hire or ask advice from a trained colour consultant to choose colours. I am not trained in this area. Cabinets are much more time consuming and expensive to change colour than a wall if you don't like it.
My Procedure & Time Frame
One more thing!
Please know I am not one to disrespect other trades, competitors or medias, but I must address one thing.....
While the DIY videos on how to paint kitchen cabinets seen on YouTube and home renovation websites have a place in our world for the "Do-it-Yourselfer", Please don't confuse these videos and instructional websites with the experience and skill of Professional re-finishers.
When it comes to kitchen cabinet finishing many instructional videos use inferior products, give improper procedures and most of all treat painting kitchen cabinets like a "weekend project". Some finishes like the "golden oak" that is so popular in our world has a silicone based lacquer and has a chemical formulation that many primers will not bond well to (promoting chipping later on). This finish is not easily de-glossed with liquid de-glossers. It must be cleaned with the appropriate de-greasers and sanded with actual sandpaper and special professional scuffing pads to break and dull the surface properly before using the appropriate primer for that finish. My procedures and products are very different than most "instructional videos"and produce considerably different, very satisfying and long lasting results.
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This procedure is based on an average cabinet set which requires 2-2.5 weeks completion time.
Please note that preparing, priming & painting cabinets is a procedure and takes time to do the proper steps that is needed to give a professional appearance and lasting durability . It's not just a couple of quick coats of paint and you're done.
Quality means doing it right when no one is looking. - Henry Ford