Q: What is the general process used when painting my cabinets?
A: Cabinet painting done right is a very detailed and meticulous process that requires a lot of steps. Here’s the general approach we’ll use:
Choose your color. Cabinets can be painted in any color and any sheen.
All spraying is done on-site. We mask everything and fully enclose your kitchen. A portable spray booth will be set up that is equipped with a ventilation blower and ducting to ensure spray dust is filtered and removed from your home.
All doors and drawers are removed, hardware is removed and everything is cleaned and degreased.
Drying racks are erected where cabinet doors and drawer fronts will be hung during the process.
All surfaces are scuff sanded and dust is removed to ensure proper adhesion of primer.
All surfaces are primed with a bonding primer to ensure proper adhesion of topcoats.
2 finish topcoats are applied using H.V.L.P fine finish spray equipment.
All doors and drawer fronts are inspected under an inspection light bar and any needed adjustments are made.
All masking and ventilation equipment is removed.
Doors and drawer fronts are re installed.
Final cleanup is performed.
Q: How long does it usually take to finish an average sized kitchen?
A: Most kitchens take between 3 and 4 days.
Q: Can I use my kitchen during the process?
A: Unfortunately, your kitchen will be completely unusable during the painting process.
Q: Can the insides of my cabinets be painted?
A: In general, it’s best not to paint cabinet interiors. Most cabinet interiors have a melamine surface that will perform better against scratching when pulling things in and out of them. If the insides of your cabinets have already been painted we can discuss the option of painting them again.
Q: How do I prepare my cabinets prior to your arrival?
A: In most cases, all contents inside cabinets and drawers should be removed. There are certain circumstance where items can left inside cabinets as long as there is at least 4 inches of space between cabinet contents and the front of the cabinet. In addition, all plants, pictures, electronics, and other knick knacks should be removed and stored in a safe place. All countertops must be cleared.
Q: Will there be a lingering strong smell?
A: Certain phases of the painting process will have stronger smells than others. When applying bonding primer, there will be somewhat of an odor due to the nature of the primer. The lacquer topcoats we use are water based and therefore don’t have much odor. The stinky part of painting is caused by something called VOC’s or volatile organic compounds. Volatile organic compounds are compounds that have a high vapor pressure and low water solubility. These compounds are are used in the manufacturing of paints and other products. The good news is that many of todays paints are zero VOC products making them extremely pleasant to work with.