The first step we take when we start a refinishing project is to label and remove all your doors from your cabinet boxes. We label each door to ensure that doors go back in the exact same place. Sometimes the hole on the back of the cabinet conforms to that specific hinge, especially MDF doors. This makes it very easy to reinstall all your doors perfectly. If you have any damaged hinges we can replace those.
After doors have been removed they get taken to our finishing studio. Once there the doors get a heavy-duty cleaning/degreasing with an industrial cleaner. After the first cleaning stage the doors get a thorough sanding to ensure a good bond with a primer or bond coat. Now the doors have been cleaned and sanded, but we believe that they need one more cleaning to make sure that all sanding dust, wax, grease and residual oils get removed prior to priming. At this point we prime your doors with a top of the line bonding primer. Priming is the most important step in our opinion. We give great attention to detail at this step. If the primer is laid on right it ensures flawless topcoats. Between all coats we sand your doors to remove any rough spots and to let each successive coat bond to the next one. Typically 2 to 3 topcoats are sprayed on all your doors and kitchen cabinets. Once all the doors have been refinished we deliver them back to your home and we re-install on to your freshly finished cabinet structure.
Materials We Use:
At Paint Core finishes we only use Pre Catalyzed and Post Catalyzed water based lacquer on all our cabinet refinishing projects. We choose to use water based finishes because of their remarkable durability, moisture resistance, outstanding finish in look and feel and for environmental reasons. All the finishes we use meet all guidelines by the KCMA (Kitchen Cabinet Manufactures Association).
Most of our competitors tend to use architectural paints that were designed for use on doors, trim and walls. These coatings don’t meet the KCMA guidelines, and just don’t have the durability that is needed in a kitchen or bathroom. Our products provide a far superior look and feel, with the added benefit of providing outstanding durability.