Finish & Glaze Process

We specialize in a broad range of classic finishes, painted finishes and glazes. Our multistep, finish process uses penetrating stains, hand sanded sealer, and protective catalyzed top coat to produce a premium finished surface, hard and long-lasting.

finishes-stainsGLAZED FINISHES

  1. Hardwoods used in the manufacture of Kabinart’s doors, drawer fronts, and face frames are selected from the finest oak, maple, and cherry available.
  2. Parts are sanded with a four-step process to provide a consistently smooth surface absent of any cross grain sanding.
  3. Each part is thoroughly cleaned of all dust particles and inspected prior to the start of the finish application.
  4. The first coat of custom-formulated stain is applied to tone and balance color and grain.
  5. A second custom-formulated stain coat is immediately applied to deepen color and ensure complete coverage.
  6. Following the second stain coat, parts are hand rubbed to bring out the beauty of the hardwood.
  7. Parts are air-dried and inspected for correct color.
  8. A first coat of durable catalyzed sealer is applied to all surfaces.
  9. Parts are oven-cured to activate catalyst, providing a durable baked-on finish.
  10. Surfaces are hand-sanded with extra-fine sandpaper, wiped clean of dust particles, and inspected for quality.
  11. The first catalyzed topcoat is applied to all surfaces.
  12. Parts are again oven-cured to activate the hardening properties of the catalyzed finish.
  13. An even coat of glaze is hand applied to the entire surface of the part.
  14. Using a special proprietary process unique to Kabinart, the glaze is partially removed, leaving behind a thin transparent glaze coat over the door, slightly tinting the entire surface. Heavier glazing remains in all ornamental turnings and grooves to give the part the desired specialty glazed finish.
  15. The glazed parts are allowed to air-dry for a minimum of twelve hours.
  16. The parts are again cleaned to remove any microscopic dust particles and a final catalyzed sealer is applied to all surfaces.
  17. A third trip through the oven again activates the necessary chemical change in the catalyzed material.
  18. Parts are again sanded, wiped, and inspected prior to receiving the final topcoat.
  19. The final catalyzed topcoat is applied to all surfaces and receives its final trip through the ovens to complete the strong, hardened, premium catalyzed finish.
  20. Parts receive their final inspection and are hand-polished prior to completion of cabinet assembly.

finishes-paintsPAINTED FINISHES

  1. Hardwoods used in the manufacture of Kabinart’s doors, drawer fronts, and face frames are selected from the finest oak, maple, and cherry available.
  2. Parts are sanded with a four-step process to provide a consistently smooth surface absent of any cross grain sanding.
  3. Each part is thoroughly cleaned of all dust particles and inspected prior to the start of the finish application.
  4. The first coat of custom-formulated vinyl primer is applied under high pressure to seal the open grain of the wood.
  5. Parts are air-dried in preparation for the second primer coat.
  6. A second custom formulated vinyl primer coat is applied to deepen color and ensure complete coverage.
  7. Following the second primer coat, parts are oven-dried to begin the hardened, baked-on process of the specialty painted finish.
  8. Surfaces are hand-sanded with extra fine sandpaper, wiped clean of dust particles, and inspected for quality.
  9. A third coat of specially formulated pigmented enamel is pressure-applied to complete the color application phase of the premium finish process.
  10. A coat of durable catalyzed sealer is applied to all surfaces under high pressure.
  11. Parts are oven-cured to activate catalyst, providing a durable baked-on finish.
  12. Surfaces are again hand-sanded, cleaned, and inspected prior to the final finish coat.
  13. The final catalyzed topcoat is applied to all surfaces and receives its final trip through the ovens to complete the strong, hardened, premium, catalyzed finish.
  14. Parts receive their final inspection and are hand-polished prior to completion of cabinet assembly.

Kabinart offers glazing on all painted finishes except Aged Ebony. Please refer to the Specialty Glazed Finish section, step thirteen through twenty, to follow the steps of Kabinart’s proprietary glazing process.

CUSTOM PAINTED COLORS

We now have literally thousands of custom paint selections available.

Simply send us your selected color description from our Fan Deck.  We will formulate the custom paint to match the color and send you a sample door for final approval.  Once approved, we will order the necessary quantity of paint and place your order into production.

Our standard glazes are available on custom color orders.