LACQUER VERSUS ENAMEL FOR KITCHEN OR BATHROOM CABINET FINISHES
Updated: Jul 30
For your information, 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 is different than what our competition offers, and our final finish surpasses our competition's 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 runs and crack, they are easy to scratch, not durable, and start deteriorating in a very short time, especially in areas exposed to moisture, and 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 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 that of our competition.
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, so touch-ups, when necessary, can be done by anybody without noticing the difference between old and new finishes.
Please notice that one layer of lacquer has one mil thickness, 1 layer of primer, and enamel 1.5 mils. 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
NEVER USE CLEAR OR TINTED LACQUER FOR KITCHEN OR BATHROOM CABINET FINISHES