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  • Writer's pictureStanislaw Ziolkowski

LACQUER VERSUS ENAMEL FOR CABINET REFACING AND REFINISHING

We don't paint cabinets--we refinish them with a traditional application but use the most advanced and the best products for cabinet refinishing. Our way of refinishing cabinets differs from our competition; our


The final finish surpasses our offerings.


Please notice the difference in the process of refinishing cabinets and materials used by Cabinet Refacing Pros and our competition.


Almost all our competition uses acetone-based or water-based tinted lacquers to spray color and protection. These products have very thin and can be applied in only a thin layer. Otherwise, they get to run and crack, they are easy to scratch, not durable, and start deteriorating in a short time, especially in areas exposed to moisture, grease, sun, and human sweat. When wood expands and contracts due to air humidity changes, lacquer finishes start cracking when door pieces join or on panels. Also, lacquer-based finishes do not prevent dark colors of the previous finish, either paint or stain, from bleeding through.


We traditionally refinish our cabinets using stain blocking, oil-based or shellac-based primer, and urethane-fortified enamel. After proper preparation: cleaning, caulking, patching, and sanding, we apply two coats of primer and two coats of enamel. Thus, our finishes are smooth, washable, durable, and lasting, surpassing our competition's.


Lacquer finishes, if damaged, require hiring a professional finisher and redoing the entire door or panel. Enamels, on the other hand, can be easily applied with a roller and brush. When necessary, anybody can do touch-ups without noticing the difference between old and new finishes.


Please notice that one layer of lacquer has one mil thickness, and one layer of primer and enamel is 1.5 mil. Thus, our finishes have a minimum of 4.5 - 6 mil thickness. Compare this with our competition.


If I can help you with anything else, please let me know, and I wish you good luck with your project.


Cabinet Refacing Pros

760-994-8686 or 760-644-4940, call or text


OUR ADVICE: NEVER USE CLEAR OR TINTED LACQUER FOR KITCHEN OR BATHROOM CABINET FINISHES



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