Colorwheel produces the beautiful painted cabinets you desire! And it’s done at roughly 1/3 to 1/5th the cost of getting all new cabinets. Add in our counter tops and you’r really set for a big impact makeover! Our minimally disruptive process comes with an unbeatable warranty too, 5-years, pro-rated, nobody offers better. To see photos of our cabinet painting first, please scroll to the bottom of this page and then contact us when you’re ready.
As for how it all happens…
We visit you. During the meeting, we determine your wants and needs and let you know what is possible. At this time, we also educate you on the process and point out key differences from our competitors. On top of that, we show you actual samples of our work! These are not doctored or overly done. Instead, they are accurate. In fact, some of these samples are from real jobs in our shop that will be installed in just weeks. After we answer additional question, we take information with us and write up a proposal off site. That’s right, no in person pressure sales. Once sent, you’re given time to review it. Dialogue and revisions occur as needed. Finally, when you sign, we help you choose a color and run through other logistic questions. Once that’s done, the rest falls on us.
As for some recognition on our expertise…
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The process is tedious and 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, this is our process for cabinet painting in Southeastern Wisconsin (we’ll share much greater detail with you in person):
This work has an unbeatable, unmatched warranty (don’t worry, you’ll get a copy of it). And more so, we are there within 2 weeks to handle any issue that can arise!
Just reach out to your sales rep who’ll be more than happy to help.
You don’t hire just anyone to paint your car, and you don’t hire just anyone to paint your cabinets. This is PRECISION work. Often the lack of expertise, understanding process, product, sheer impatience, and not having a strict system in place turns an exciting update into a horrible nightmare. Trust Colorwheel, we have even been called in as expert witness on projects gone wrong! We can’t say it enough, be careful in who you hire!
Remember, these are averages. Please review the notes on additional costs below.
Remember, these are averages. Please review the notes on additional costs below.
In comparison to getting new cabinets, the cost is roughly 1/3 or better. While it’s easy to look at the cabinet cost only, please remember that if you replace cabinets, there’s also:
Painting services have a wide range of cost from provider to provider. The golden rule is that SKILLED LABOR isn’t CHEAP, and CHEAP LABOR isn’t SKILLED. That said, Colorwheel’s prices are very competitive with other QUALIFIED and SKILLED cabinet painters. We’ll even give you their names, because frankly, we want you to choose the best fit for you and that isn’t always an issue of price.
Generally, lower prices may mean you’ve found:
Colorwheel will provide a HIGHLY DETAILED proposal that documents process and product. Our warranty is also outstanding!
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:
And the surfaces are:
Then yes, it is likely worth it to paint them!
Yes. And they turn out fantastic!
The grain reduction process Colorwheel uses will drastically reduce and nearly eliminate the pitting and deep channels in the grain. However, the swirl pattern of oak will be present to some degree. Once you see our samples, you can decide if this is the right project for you!
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 3 to 4 weeks. It sounds like a long time but this allows them to be processed, and substantially 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!
We’ve all heard that “you get what you pay for,” and you know, it’s true. Lesser price means shortcuts, plain and simple. If we could do it for less, we would! We’re not trying to get rich off any one project, business just doesn’t work that way. 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.
Colorwheel has tried and tested many of the products on the market. More than you can imagine! As a result, we’ve found a brand of paint (not known to most) that offers an incredible ability to self-level, spray smoothly, and provide a beautiful appearance with lasting durability! Without this great product, we couldn’t offer the warranty that we do.
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.
Contact Colorwheel Painting directly. 414-708-6324, use a contact us form on this website, or email firstname.lastname@example.org