A wall or trim paint is not the same as a coating designed for high-use kitchen and bath cabinets. It is important to know the primary purpose or use of the coating used by a refinisher.
While many coatings claim to meet Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturer Association (KCMA) standards many coatings do not specify which KCMA standards are being met. KCMA certifies finishes ON cabinets, but does not certify coatings.
It is also important to understand if water- or solvent-based products are being used. If solvent-based, how is the refinisher going to make the site safe? All solvents must not be used near any potential ignition source, which is anything that can spark, like a light switch or electrical outlet or even the pump being used to spray and the fan being used to ventilate.
Heather's Cabinet Refinishing uses industrial wood coatings by IC&S and Ilva. These coatings are not available at home centers. They are waterbased 2k polyurethane coatings developed in Europe, the world leader in waterbased products. We use a hardener when spraying the doors that gives added stain-resistance when exposed to coffee, red wine, red Kool-aid, and mustard.
Spraying a coating results in the smoothest finish. Generally, rolling will result in stippling (very slight bumpiness), orange peel, roller tracks, and brushstrokes. These may not be very noticeable depending upon the skill of the refinisher, the lighting, the coating, equipment, or the eye of the beholder; but it is not likely to result in a sprayed finish look. Ask to see a sample.
Heather's Cabinet Refinishing offers a full spray finish. We also offer the option of you bringing us your doors and we prep and spray them for you, as well as provide you with enough paint for you to do the boxes yourself.
Usually emptying of cabinets is not required for brushing and rolling, but your items have to be out of the way. Some or all removal is required for full spray finishes. Additionally it is good to have decor out of the way and furniture not cluttering the work area. Usually a refrigerator that isn't built in will need to be moved.
Heather's Cabinet Refinishing requires emptying of upper cabinets and partial emptying of lower cabinets for a full spray finish. Decor, window treatments, and furniture generally need to be moved out of the work area. Drawers only need to be emptied if the fronts do not detach. Additionally some appliances may need to be moved, usually only the refrigerator.
You cannot skip steps in preparation. It is important the refinisher you interview follows the standard process including degreasing, deglossing by sanding (not a deglosser), appropriate primers, and topcoat.
At Heather's Cabinet Refinishing we degrease, rinse, then sand. After sanding we remove dust by vacuum, wiping, and compressed air. We use different primers depending upon the substrate, but usually begin with an isolator for adhesion and a high-solids primer for build to soften imperfections. The primer is then sanded, dust is removed following the previously outlined methods, and the topcoat is applied.
At Heather's Cabinet Refinishing we use HEPA filtered dust extraction for our hand sanders, wipe and vacuum frequently. With a full spray, we use an exhaust fan and plastic walls to create a negative air space, where possible, to pull air from the home into the worksite to prevent dust and smells from escaping. We clean up the worksite daily.
Heather's Cabinet Refinishing can generally finish any part of the cabinet you want, however, as a standard we finish the following:
The bottoms of the wall cabinets, insides of the cabinets, and inside of a refrigerator cabinet are not painted as a standard, but can be included.
Heather's Cabinet Refinishing is insured with Collier Insurance.
Heather's Cabinet Refinishing usually takes 7-10 business days for the average kitchen. However, for a full spray, we try to get out of your kitchen in three to five business days so you can return to using it.
The doors, taken back to our shop will be installed at a later time when the are completed.