What Should I Look for in a Good Cabinet Painter?
I received a couple interesting phone calls this week that I thought would be good topics for a new blog post.
The first question I received from a homeowner in Scottsdale, Arizona after giving her a quote to paint two rather large bathroom cabinets, and a linen cabinet. She was not too pleased with my pricing as she asked the question “How do you get away with charging so much, it’s just paint, right?” This question leads me to a more practical question that I received as well. “What should I be looking for in a good cabinet painter?” Although these two questions are different, I believe the answers to both questions is the same.
A good cabinet painter is never going to compromise the products they use or the process they will apply those products with, for the sake of better margins, or more competitive pricing. The truth is, a good cabinet painter will likely be on the expensive side. “It’s just paint” is the type of attitude that separates a good cabinet painter from just a good painter. Because cabinets have moving parts and store items that are removed and replaced, they require products that bond better than your average wall paint, and they also need to be more durable. Using cheap paint and primer can cause any number of issues, including unwanted chemicals and colorants leaching through the final coat, and improper bonding which will ultimately lead to peeling and chipping. The other side of the equation is the look and feel of the final product. Anyone can brush and roll a quality paint on their cabinets, but what will the final product look like?
A good cabinet painter will spend hours meticulously masking off the area they will spray they boxes, to ensure that they only get paint on what they choose to. They will typically remove the doors and spend hours cleaning and prepping them for a prime coat. The boxes and doors and drawers will then receive several coats of a high-quality bonding primer AND sealer. Both attributes are very important in a good cabinet primer. At a minimum, the doors and drawers should be sanded between each coat. This can be extremely labor intensive. Finally, the finish is put on.
A good cabinet paint finish coat should go on smooth, in a relatively dust free environment. The paint itself should dry hard, but not so hard that it cracks when the natural wood flexes or changes shape. It should be wipe able, and very durable. No cabinet paint job will be bullet proof, but the final product shouldn’t peel or chip away on its own. Wear marks on door corners or other high traffic areas is inevitable, but these spots should be small and easily touched up with a very small amount of paint. The final product should last for years to come.
If you live in Arizona, and are interested in having your cabinets painted by a licensed professional who will take the time and effort required to render a beautiful, high quality and long-lasting cabinet paint job, we recommend using our services at Bennett Brothers Cabinet Painting.