Location: All doors are prepped and painted in our spray shop in Woodinville and
dried under climate control to promote leveling and maximize adhesion. We then wrap them in moving blankets and deliver/install them. Cabinet boxes (bodies) are primed/painted on-site.
Average duration: 4-6 consecutive business days from start to finish (for an average 45-door kitchen). Example: we begin your kitchen on Monday, we finish the work inside your kitchen and clean up by Thursday. We return the following Monday with your perfectly painted cabinet doors.
Our kitchen cabinet painting process produces the longest-lasting fine finish possible. We use oil primers and self-leveling paints to deliver the highest possible adhesion.
Step 1: Preparation
Mask/cover up any surface not being painted. Because kitchen cabinet painting often includes spraying paint, we air-tight-mask everything in the room. Including but not limited to flooring, windows & doors, countertops, backsplash, appliances, and walls. This is a great time to paint walls and ceilings in the kitchen too.
Disassemble: We now remove all doors and hardware., and label all items.
Patching: Identify and fill any dents, cracks, scratches, etc. Patching material: 3M Bondo 801 professional glazing and spot patching compound.
Cold drying cabinet doors
Even though we use self-leveling paints on cabinet doors, we dry all 3 coats in a cold and sterile dry room to promote further leveling which results in a glass-smooth fine finish.
Sanding Because most cabinets are previously coating with high-sheen material, we sand to remove this sheen. This is an etching process that improves primer adhesion. The sanding dust is then removed with fine particle brush vacuums.
Spray, using fine-finish sprayers, one coat of oil-based primer. We use oil-based primers because they penetrate and bond with the cabinet surface.
Fine-finish sprayers: apply 3 coats of self-leveling interior trim paint. We use either Benjamin Moore Advance® or Sherwin Williams ProClassic® Hybrid. Fine-finish spray tips produce small particles resulting in a highly smooth finish.
What is a hybrid paint: Hybrid means Water based Acrylic Alkyd. Hybrid paints offer all the benefits of oil-based paints, but far fewer carcinogens. Hybrid paints dry much quicker than oil-based paints.
What is self-leveling: Self-leveling means even application. Should you need to touch up your cabinets in the future, you could use a brush and the brush-marks disappear almost entirely.