Customers most often have us paint:
The process is tedious, detailed, and many details are overlooked by standard DIY efforts. With years of experience, and pulling from the expertise of our team, Colorwheel has developed a cabinet painting system that brings you the results you desire. In a nutshell, here’s what happens, (we’ll share much greater detail with you in person):
This work has an unbeatable, unmatched warranty. We typically are there within 2 weeks to handle any issue that can arise. Just reach out to your sales rep who’ll be happy to help. Read about the warranty here!
The lack of expertise, understanding process, product, sheer patience, and not having a strict system in place can turn what seams like an exciting update into a horrible nightmare, waste of time, and tremendous waste of money. Here’s what we most often see go wrong:
In most cases, yes; however, we do not recommend painting laminate or melamine surfaces. We also do not recommend painting when the cabinets themselves should be replaced (sorry!).
If you like the profile of the cabinets, that is, the general shape, contour, style, etc., and it’s only a color issue (stained or painted color) or they are worn out, then yes, it is likely worth it to paint them.
Yes. And they turn out fantastic!
Typically the grain-reduction process Colorwheel uses on Oak will drastically reduce and nearly eliminate the pitting in the grain, which tends to be the biggest “issue” with Oak. When it comes to the swirl pattern of oak, it always will be present to some degree, but gets reduced with grain filling and the multiple layers of paint being applied.
Usually, the boxes (where everything is stored and shelved) take about one week. Those stay in your home and the week does not generally consist of 8am to 5pm days, but rather, partial days. For example, the preparation of the area and priming might be done on day one by two p.m., at which point we hit a standstill while the primer dries. Then, sanding and painting a first coat might be done on day two by noon, and then production hits a standstill again while paint dries. The doors and drawers themselves usually take 2 to 2.5 weeks. This allows them to be processed, and fully cured, before being transported back to your home. Darker colors can take longer. If anyone is telling you it’ll go faster than that, BEWARE!
In GENERAL, Smaller kitchens typically start at $2500 and are often done for less than $3300. The average size kitchen will cost between $3500 and $4500… a range that can encompass an island. Larger kitchens are typically $4500 to $6000. Please note, the rates shared do NOT include grain filling, which is an extra process Colorwheel offers to help with OAK specifically. The rates also do not include artistic endeavors such as distressing, glazing, striping, or high gloss finishes. Other cost impact comes from repairs to surfaces, changing hardware locations, shelves, open-shelve systems, glass doors, corbels, islands, number of colors being used, crown molding, profile complexity, etc.
We’ve all heard that “you get what you pay for,” and you know what, IT’S TRUE! Lesser price means shortcuts, plain and simple. If we could do it for less, we would! On top of that, nobody has more reputable references in cabinet painting than Colorwheel Painting. Want to see some? No problem, we’ve got customers ready and willing to let you in to see our work. Want to feel samples? Even easier. Want to beat on those samples to ensure they’re durable? Go for it. We love this work and hope you’ll turn to us!
Zinsser BIN Pigmented Shellac is used in most cases as a universal NON-WATER based primer. In some cases a water based primer may be used, but it must pass an adhesion test.
No. Standard latex primers will not properly adhere to a previously stain and lacquered finish, conversion varnished surface, or even to semi-to-glossy painted surfaces. Even if it does adhere, it rarely offers the stain blocking properties needed and residual grease, dirt, and cleaning product residue can penetrate through it, causing long-term adhesion issues for the paint.
After trying and testing many of the products on the market, we’ve found a brand of paint (not known to most) that offers incredible ability to self-level, spray smooth, and provide beautiful appearance AND durability! To our knowledge, no other painting contractor in the market uses this product.
At a minimum, 2. Possibly more depending on surface conditions. Remember top coats are the PAINT, a priming layer (or two) should occur before this.
Pigmented lacquer is not a good choice in moisture prone areas. It is also not compatible (from a chemistry standpoint) over many other types of coatings. We have several competitors stating that it’s O.K. to use, so please be careful. The same competitors will spray it in your house and throw a box fan in the window for ventilation (not good, those aren’t explosion proof fans!). Instead, go for pigmented conversion varnish if you have raw wood, or paint if there is ANY type of previous coating. Now unfortunately, Colorwheel does not offer these products or services, but we’re happy to make a solid recommendation.
Typically we sand the primer to make it smooth, and then no further sanding is needed. Of course if we see a need for it, we go ahead and do it.
We use a cleaner and deglosser to remove surface contamination from the surfaces. This happens before priming. Grease, residue from cleaning products, hand oils (and even pet dander/oils), and general dirtiness must all be remedied and not just painted over!
We can quote from photos but prefer to quote by visually inspecting them and being there. A count of the number of doors to be done is crucial, as is a number of drawers or drawer fronts. Forming a plan for what items the customer will handle (if any, such as removing door knobs) also helps. The downside to photos is we often miss small nuances, which ultimately result in change orders.
Yes on boxes, no on doors. This happens after priming. The primer will “highlight” gaps where wood meets wood, and where wood meets the wall. We do not typically caulk any gaps in floating panels at doors though, as they are prone to cracking open in seasonal expansion and contraction.
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