Prior to starting on site in your kitchen, we send our customers "Preparing for Your Renovation". This document can be found by clicking the "More Info" tab at the top of this page. This informational guide is to help our customers get ready for our arrival.
Our crew will arrive on Day 1 to label, remove, and transport the doors and drawers back to the shop to start the refinishing process. Organization is critical at this step to ensure each door, drawer, and all hardware return to the exact position prior to the project.
At this stage of the renovation, we will ensure that all questions and concerns are addressed, and, an overall plan and itinerary are in place in regard to project completion.
Back in the shop, all doors and drawers are refinished using a tedious multi-step process.
1. Deep Clean and Debridement: Doors are cleaned thoroughly with degreasing agents. Contaminates, such as, grease, oil, coffee stains, food remnants, etc... are removed during this step, establishing a clean starting point.
2. Initial Scuff Sand: Using medium abrasives, all parts of the doors and drawers are rough sanded to further remove contaminates, remove previous paint/stain, and return the doors and drawers to their unfinished state. During this time, any damage to the wood on the doors/drawers can be accessed and restored leaving a fresh, new, canvas to apply our professional wood coatings.
3. First Prime Coat: After all pieces have been properly cleaned and sanded, the first application of primer is sprayed on to the doors/drawers. This coat is the foundation of all other coats and will reveal any other defects in the drawers and drawers.
4. Sanding of Prime Coat: All doors and drawers are then level sanded to ensure doors are perfectly smooth and flat before applying a second sprayed prime coat. At this point, all contamination, damage, previous coatings, and dings and scratches are removed and corrected. The doors and drawers are now smooth and level on all sides, flats, profiles and edges. At this stage, we will also fill and drill any holes for new hardware if requested.
5. Second Prime Coat: After sanding the first prime coat with a finer abrasive and correcting any damage, a second prime coat is sprayed on to the doors. This coat seals any and all imperfections leaving a buttery soft finish that is ready for top coating in the color of your choosing.
6. First Top Coat: The doors/drawers are coming to the end of their refinishing journey as the first top coat is applied. The surface of the doors/drawers are carefully cleaned and dusted prior to spray application to ensure a clean, even finish, free of dust and contaminates, with a brand new look and feel. All pieces are left to dry and cure for at least 24 hours to ensure all tanning and any bleed through has been locked in place.
7. Finish Sanding: At this point, all doors/drawers will have a brand new, soft and smooth feel -but- we take it one step further. The initial top coat layer is sanded with a very high grit abrasive to achieve the highest level of smoothness and texture before applying the second and final top coat layer.
8. Second Top Coat: After finish sanding is completed on all pieces, the doors/drawers are carefully cleaned and dusted before a final top coat layer is sprayed on. By sanding the initial top coat with a very high grit abrasive, any remaining imperfections are eliminated, and the last top coat has its chance to truly shine.
After this process, you can rest assured knowing you're getting the highest level of refinishing around with the feel and look of brand new doors and drawers.
On the second week of the project, we will begin refinishing the cabinet boxes in your home. This can also include any stationary that cannot be removed such as islands, vanities, built-in book cases, etc...if it's wood, we can coat it!
Preparation of a job site is the most important element of what we do as cabinet refinishers. We've even adopted the mantras, "Prep is Key", and "Spray for Show, Sand for Dough". These are reminders that preparation makes all the difference in the quality and durability of the completed refinishing project.
The key elements to the way we prep are protection, ventilation, cleaning, and abrading (sanding).
Protection: We strive to protect all of your surfaces, fixtures, and appliances. The first thing we focus on is floor protection. Pads are installed throughout the project area to protect floors from any tools, ladders, dirt/debris, and any overspray that may occur during spray application of our wood coatings. The second part of protection involves installing a sealed paint booth that helps keep all dust/debris, as well as smells/VOC's, contained within the booth and out of the rest of your home. And third, we mask all walls, ceilings, counter-tops, appliances, fixtures, and anything else that is exposed within the project area. Nothing is worse than having overspray all over your project area. We ensure and guarantee that won't happen with the meticulous masking/protection process that we use. *If you are interested to read a detailed list of each of the steps we take during this process, be sure to visit our "More Info" tab at the top of the page for a step-by-step breakdown of what goes into the preparation, sanding, and masking portion of the project.*
Ventilation: Any way you cut it, all painting smells. From walls to ceilings, VOC's from brush OR spray applications will linger in your home for extended periods if proper ventilation is not achieved. Cabinet refinishing is no different. Before starting our project, we create a negative pressure inside the booth area by use of an industrial extraction fan attached to portable duct that is fed outside your home through a window or door. A filter is placed on the extraction fan to catch dust, fumes, and other various odors before the air is extracted outside of your home. This ensures smells and particulates in the air are kept to an absolute minimum. This keeps everyone safe from VOC's. From your family, to your fur babies, and everyone in between, you can rest assured that we will keep your space safe and dust free. We also incorporate the use of an industrial sized air scrubber. Air scrubbers work by pulling air through several stages of filters (carbon, HEPA, fiber) before being extruded through a blower. Having an air scrubber is VERY important, especially when it comes to making sure no airborne particulates such as dust and fumes get into your living spaces.
Cleaning: Just as we want to ensure a perfectly clean surface before refinishing the doors/drawers, the same applies to the project in-home. Before we begin work refinishing your project, we make sure to clean every part of any surface that is going to be refinished. This step removes deeply engrained grease, and stains (coffee, stubborn food remnants, and cooking oil). It also removes any previous cleaners that may have been applied before the project that could effect the adhesion of our coatings.
Sanding: To wrap up the preparation phase of the project, we sand all surfaces that will be coated. We start with a low grit abrasive to remove previous coatings that are failing and need to be removed. This step also removes any residual grease/grime that still may be present, even after thorough cleaning. Once all surfaces to be sprayed are thoroughly sanded, we clean and vacuum the project area again to ensure all dust and debris is removed from all surfaces.
By this phase of the refinishing process, the booth has been installed, the project area will be thoroughly cleaned, prepped, and sanded, and any damage found on any surface to be refinished will be corrected and permanently repaired. We will then begin spray application of four total coats of 1k/2k wood coatings.
First Prime Coat: This coat is one of the key coats as it reveals any imperfections that need to be further addressed. Once this coat dries, we can proceed to repair any damage with two-part resin fillers and glazing putties. After sanding the repaired areas, as well as any other rough surfaces, we are ready for the second prime coat.
Second Prime Coat: This coat is the second foundational coat applied to both seal-in any tanning that may have telegraphed through the first coat, as well as cover and lock-in any repairs preformed prior. After the second primer coat dries, the entire project area is sanded again, only this time with a higher grit abrasive. This will leave a buttery smooth undercoat that has sealed all signs of damage, stains, and all other signs of wear and tear.
First Top Coat: At Triad Cabinet Refinishing, we apply two layers of catalyzed top coat for maximum durability and even coverage. We apply the first coat of top coat, tinted to the color/sheen of the clients choosing, and allow the coating to dry. Then, we sand the first topcoat with a super high grit abrasive to obtain the highest quality, smoothest, possible finish.
Second Top Coat: With the first coat of top coat dried and smoothed with a super fine abrasive, we are ready to apply the last and final top coat. This is the coat that stands out the most. Upmost care and cleanliness are warranted on this last coat, in particular, to get the cleanest, smoothest, most beautiful refinishing job in the Triad area.
Tear Down & Install: The last steps of the process are to remove everything from the home, tear down the paint booth, as well as all masking, and remove the padded floor. Once completed, the entire project area is cleaned thoroughly to remove any dust or debris that still may be present. After the project space is returned to its original condition, we will bring the doors/drawers into the home, protected by covers to prevent any damage from the trip from the shop to the home. The doors and drawers are then installed and thoroughly inspected to ensure the proper look and feel that our clients have come to love!