Monday, October 19, 2015
Kitchen Cabinet Repainting – It’s (Almost) all about the Prep!
It happens often. We get a call for kitchen cabinet re-painting from someone who recently had their cabinets re-painted by a painting “professional” and the paint has started chipping. First the door bumper comes off and takes the paint with it, then there is moisture from the boiling pasta or the dishwasher which introduces more evidence of paint adhesion failure, then a door gets a nick and additional paint starts to chip off…
It’s a homeowner’s nightmare. They thought they got a great price, from a painter that was reputable. Maybe they even used him/her before and were happy with the work on their walls and trim. Or perhaps they felt satisfied that they didn’t go with the lowest price quote. The completed cabinets looked good at first, BUT… What Happened?
Cabinet Surface Preparation is not the same as trim preparation
When Re-painting kitchen cabinets, the most critical step is surface preparation. This is important for trim painting as well, but for typical trim, effective preparation is not anywhere near as difficult to achieve. In the kitchen, dirt, hand oils, cooking oils, residual cleaning solutions, build up from cooking smoke, etc. must be meticulously removed and the surface prepared properly in order for the paint to stick reliably. This requires specific knowledge about adhesion and the expertise, skill and attention to detail to properly prepare the whole cabinet – grooves, corners and all. Most painters do not have the knowledge or experience to tackle this critical step for the kitchen cabinet re-paint process. If this step is not done correctly and meticulously, the paint WILL Peel. That lower cabinet painting price wasn’t so great after all.
Primers – there are BIG differences
It’s hard to believe that a key to beautiful durable cabinets is actually the undercoat. A bonding primer designed for cabinets is the next essential ingredient to cabinets that will remain beautiful for years to come. A bonding primer is designed to grab onto difficult-to-adhere to surfaces such as factory finishes on existing cabinets. These primers chemically bind to the surface becoming one with the cabinet surface.
Have it done right, or don’t do it at all
Having your kitchen cabinets painted cheaply and incorrectly is worse than not re-doing them at all – Really. If the adhesion fails due to inadequate preparation or the application of an unsuitable primer, the only options to resolve the problem may be to have all the paint stripped, a very costly process, or the even more expensive option - purchase new cabinets. Don’t fall into the trap of a cheap cabinet re-paint job. It’s just too expensive!
Masterwork Painting specializes in kitchen cabinet painting. We have dedicated kitchen cabinet finishing craftsmen, standardized procedures and expertise to transform old cabinets into better than new ones that will remain beautiful for years to come.
Posted on 10/19 at 11:29 AM
Saturday, June 27, 2015
Re-Painted Kitchen Cabinets can be Better than a Factory Finish
Most people think of re-painting their kitchen cabinets to get a new look without the price tag, construction mess and disruption associated with replacing them.
But how does that re-painting compare to a factory finish? Is it possible to get as beautiful of a finish? As durable a finish? As washable a finish? A finish that will stay beautiful for years to come? YES - and in some cases Even Better! And there can be other benefits too.
We all know re-painting existing cabinets costs less than replacing them with even low quality cabinets, and it is certainly less disruptive and should be much less messy. If you have solid time-tested cabinets and like the basic layout of your kitchen, you are better off re-painting what you have – IF it is done properly. How are cabinets re-painted by Masterwork better than a Factory Finish?
Specify The Appearance You Want – Beyond The Stock Cabinet
Color Selection Flexibility: With custom painted cabinets, there is unlimited color flexibility. Even with “white cabinets” there are many whites to choose from. You can match to whatever you would like such as existing tile, trim, or complement the counter.
The Color You Select Is What You Get: There will be no surprise or disappointment due to color variation from what was seen in a cabinet showroom. A Sample of the actual color and sheen to be applied to your cabinets is provided to view in your kitchen, and is approved by you prior to work being performed.
Your Color Remains Unchanged Over Time: The products Masterwork uses are “color fast” meaning the color stays true and does not yellow, fade, or darken as occurs with most factory finished cabinets. This makes the cabinets able to be seamlessly touched up if necessary. Cabinet companies may warranty their cabinets and provide a little jar of touch- up paint, or even replace a damaged door, but due to the color change over time, the touch-up color or warranty replacement door may not match the rest of the kitchen.
Sheen Level Flexibility: This is selected based on personal preference and can be anything from a Matte to a high gloss
Smooth To The Touch Surfaces: The Masterwork Painting spray finish is not only smooth, but gives a nicer appearance than many factory finished cabinets that have a “plastic” look and feel. Any existing dings or scratches are repaired, so used cabinets look brand new. On occasion a hand crafted look is desired, in which case the cabinets can be brushed rather than sprayed.
Unique Finishes: Glazing or decorative finishes are an option to accent or distress a surface to provide a one of a kind look. Even faux wood graining that actually looks like real wood can be performed.
Exceptional Durability – Better Than A Factory Finish
The Masterwork Process for cabinet finishing provides superb durability, scratch resistance, mark and burnish resistance, as well as wash ability as compared to that of factory conversion varnish and Lacquer paints. In addition, the Masterwork system provides superior real-life water resistance to factory conversion varnishes and Lacquer Paints. Because those factory finishes tend to be brittle, when exposed to water contact / drying cycles they tend to crack, chip or flake at water/moisture contact areas such as around sinks and dishwashers. This is a huge problem solved only by a re-paint of your cabinets.
Safe, Non-Toxic Coatings - No Harmful, Toxic Solvents
Masterwork applies advanced technology waterborne polyurethane resin paints and protective clear coatings that are non-toxic, very low VOC and can be safely applied in an inhabited house. No toxic solvent or lacquer based products are used as are typically used for factory cabinet painting. Those products can out-gas harmful solvent fumes for months.
Re-painting your kitchen cabinets vs. replacement is not just easier on the budget, stress level, and project completion time frame, but can also provide a superior finish quality and appearance you will love for years to come.
Posted on 06/27 at 12:24 PM
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Window Restoration is more cost effective and “greener” than replacing windows!
Window Restoration / Refurbishing / Reconditioning is more cost effective and “greener” than replacing windows!
I would like to pass on a few notes that I think you will find quite interesting and perhaps even remarkable regarding replacement windows and the value of reconditioning existing windows.
The payback for replacement windows through reduced heating costs is approximately 120 years!! No, that is not a typo. That figure is calculated in a recent article by Pieter Roos, Executive Director of the Newport Rhode Island Restoration Foundation. I recently received the article in an e-mail from Historic New England, a great organization that has collaborated with three other preservation organizations to create a website for “common sense preservation”. You can take a look at the article and related information at www.commonsensepreservation.org.
Through subsequent research I found an article on the website of the National Trust for Historic Preservation titled “Repair or Replace Old Windows”. That article calculated the payback for replacement windows to be anywhere from 60 years based on a cheap replacement window to as much as 200 years for a good replacement window.
Now, I finally know the answer to a question I have long considered – “why do the large replacement window companies only provide statistics for the percentage of relative energy savings and not the actual energy savings or actual dollar savings for replacement windows?” And the answer is - because a percentage of a small number is a tiny number. If those big companies advertised that the actual heating bill cost savings would be $10/window per year for a $750 window (plus installation & finishing, etc.), I’m pretty sure we would have far fewer replacement windows around.
This distortion of reality by the window replacement companies reminds me of a quote by Mark Twain, “There are lies, damn lies, and then statistics”.
And then there is the “green” perspective. Reconditioning windows is by far the most environmentally friendly window solution with the smallest “carbon footprint”. Every replacement window contributes to the 124 million tons of construction debris generated in the U.S. every year – enough, according to the National Trust for Historic Preservation, to construct a wall 30 feet high and 30 feet thick around the entire U.S. coastline. In addition, replacement windows consume more energy in their manufacture and transportation than they will ever save. Now that’s another statistic the replacement window companies won’t share either.
So what can you do to improve existing windows?
Contact Masterwork Painting & Restoration to recondition those windows! We have developed a proprietary system to recondition the mechanical and weather proofing performance of windows. Through our service we actually make windows better than new – they slide smoothly, are energy efficient, water infiltration is eliminated, and they look great. In addition, a reconditioned window will surely last longer than a replacement window. To top it off, our window reconditioning system will save a bundle compared to installation of replacement windows. This system applies not only to traditional pulley and weight type sash balances but also to newer windows with spring balances and aluminum or vinyl tracks.
If you would like to discuss potential window reconditioning / refurbishing / restoration specifics for your house, building, or project, please call or e-mail me at 617-721-8588, firstname.lastname@example.org.
President, Masterwork Painting & Restoration, Inc.
Posted on 01/11 at 12:50 PM