Really, there are two different, great options when talking about cabinet painting. One is a water based enamel, and the other is an oil based enamel.
Water based enamels are nice, hard products, and they dry much more quickly than an oil based product, whereas an oil based product does take several weeks to cure, and it off-gases for that same amount of time. One of the main disadvantages of an oil based product is you do not want to be home when we’re doing it, because of the off-gassing for an extensive period of time.
Another question we usually get is about grain in cabinets. So, that usually comes into account when you’re talking about oak cabinets.
This cabinet package right here was a cabinet that had extensive oak grain, and the owner decided to have the grain still visible in the cabinet door. We also have another cabinet package that we’ve done that we’re actually working on right now, and they’ve decided to have the grain removed. So, we’ve already done a full coat of Bondo – what happened was, we put Bondo all over the door, sanded it down, primed over top of it, and once we primed it for the first time, we were still able to see a lot of imperfections in the grain removal process and applied Bondo to the necessary areas…this has been sanded down, and this is ready for paint. So, now we’re into a full grain-removal process on an oak cabinet door. Just, much more time-intensive than that, but it’s going to end up with a fantastic finish.
And, so, as you can see, we have plastic up all over the walls. It works for us to have a scenario that is dust or an area that is dust-free and free of contaminants that’ll affect this cabinet package. But this is the room that we go ahead and we do all of our sanding, all of our prep work such as putting wood fillers like Bondo in, and then also completing our painting process.
So, this is another cabinet package that we’ve just recently completed – we had a customer that was concerned about deep brush marks another painting contractor had put in, and they were expecting a sprayed finish. So, we took the cabinet package, sanded it right down to remove all of those brush marks, and then we provided a fantastic spray finish.