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What’s the Difference between Lacquer and Paint for Kitchen Cabinets?

A lacquer paint is clear coating that, when dried, produces a solid, durable finish. It is designed to be chip-resistant, waterproof, and breathable. Lacquers can be applied to a variety of surfaces such as wood and metal and they come in a range of colors, as well as clear finishes. Unlike paint, which is thicker and can absorb moisture in wood causing it to soften over time, lacquer is much more flexible and can adapt to the expanding and contracting of wood surfaces. Since lacquer is thinner than the other finishes, it is almost always applied using a sprayer instead of a roller or brush. Lacquer also comes in different levels of sheen, from matte to high gloss. Wear and tear can dull down the look of lacquer, which is why is can be polished to maintain its lustrous appearance.

How long do kitchen cabinet painting last?

It depends on how well you maintain your painted kitchen cabinets and the quality of coatings applied in the first place. If you invest in quality coatings and stay on top of maintenance duties, your painted cabinets can retain their beauty for several years.

Should I do it myself or hire a Pro?

If you’re looking for the best, longest-lasting results, hire a reliable painting contractor to coat your kitchen cabinets. Hiring a pro can also help you with other interior painting concerns such as how to approach painting a room two colors or applying the proper number of coats. You can try to tackle cabinet painting on your own, but you run the risk of making costly errors. Ultimately, the choice is yours.

Can you paint the end panels that have laminate on them?

It’s not real wood but yes. We have painted hundreds of kitchens now, and have not had one failure to report. If your painting contractor uses the wrong type of primer though, you will have more problems other than just the end caps.

Can you get rid of the grain I see on my oak cabinets?

Yes, it is possible. They make some putties and fillers that will do the job. We find that most people want to paint their cabinets because it cost way less than replacing them. If you try to fill the grain and make them smooth, it will cost you as much as if you replaced the doors. Almost anything is possible, but some things are just not practical.

What are the different ways to paint the cabinets?

There are a couple of different ways to paint cabinets, and we’ll help you choose the one that best suits your tastes as well as your budget. Our most popular recommendation is spray painting, which creates a smooth and hard finish that makes the cabinets look like they’re brand new! We’ll take the time to ensure that there are no tiny blemishes or drips to be seen. We’ll also apply multiple coats to ensure that the results will really last.

Or, we can do a more traditional brush & roll paint job. While this won’t create the same seamless finish like spray painting, it can still make a big difference for the cabinets as well as the entire room, plus it costs a bit less as well.

What prep do I need to before you start?

When we arrive, we want to get right to work making your cabinets beautiful. In order to do this, we’d like you to do a few things beforehand. Please empty the cabinets of all dishes, appliances or devices, knickknacks, and other objects and store them in a different room so that they aren’t in the way. Try to have the countertops free of clutter, and if possible, give your cabinets a quick wipe down with a damp cloth to remove any grim and dust, but don’t use chemicals or cleaning products. If you do these tasks, we’ll be able to start immediately on transforming your cabinets!

What is cabinet Refacing?

Cabinet refacing, unlike a full cabinet remodel, leaves the original structure of the cabinet box intact. The full process involves replacing all old cabinet doors and drawer fronts, hinges, mouldings and covering the exterior boxes with a ¼ inch wood skin. Some spaces in the cabinet box can be modified during this process. Cabinet refacing is the ideal choice if you are already happy with the layout of your kitchen and will dramatically cut down on cost.

What's the cabinet refacing process - what's involved?

First you select new cabinet doors from our wide variety of styles and finishes. Then, we get to work! Our methods have been proven over the years and have set us apart from our competitors. We begin by removing and discarding your old cabinet doors and hinges. Then we strengthen and repair cabinet frames where needed. The next step is to carefully prepare the exposed frames to ensure a solid bonding. This may include sanding the frames. Next, we laminate all exposed frames with a matching wood or laminate, depending on the door material you’ve selected. Our special “two-part bonding system” includes the use of a special manufacturer-recommended glue, which, when applied to both panel and frame, ensures a unique bond. Finally, we conclude with the installation of your new cabinet doors, drawer fronts and hardware.

How long does it take for cabinet refacing? How inconvenient is it?

Depending on the size of the job, we can reface your cabinets, on average, in 3 to 5 days. Since we do not tear out frames, the mess is kept to a minimum. Our installers clean up every evening to allow you the use of your kitchen throughout the process.

What's the cost of cabinet refacing and how is it different than purchasing new cabinets?

Because we use your existing cabinet framework, usually a 40% – 60% savings can be achieved with cabinet refacing. We tell you up front what your total cost will be. We don’t give you estimates. We give firm prices. We’ll also give you new cabinet pricing, so you can compare and make an informed decision.

I may want to add or remove some cabinets in my kitchen. Do you do that?

Yes. We can build additional cabinets and even add new drawers to your base cabinets. We can also take out or cut down your existing cabinets to fit new appliances. We can provide rollouts, lazy Susans, new shelving and trim. New custom islands are our specialty.

Will I be able to use my kitchen during the cabinet refacing renovation?

Cabinet refacing does not cause allot of dust. If you are having your cabinets re-faced, you could use your kitchen. If you are also replacing your old countertops, you will be without a sink for a couple of days. We recommend that you make other arrangements; maybe this is a good time to try that new restaurant!

Do I need to replace my countertops?

No, it is not necessary to replace your countertops when refacing. Our Cabinet refacing systems can be completed without disturbing your existing kitchen countertops.  If you choose to change your countertops, we will assist you with your selection and will take care of all the work.

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What if I am unhappy with the service I receive from WorldFirst?

How much does it cost for interior/exterior painting services?

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Should I refinish my cabinets or buy new cabinets?

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