The following questions and answers were cut and pasted from emails we have received over the last couple of years. The questions are from potential customers seeking answers from us and are always asked prior to making any committment to hire us. For the sake of continuity and privacy we have sometimes inserted the proverbial: “Mrs Jones” when responding to our potential customer. If by chance, the question(s) you want answered are not covered here then please email or call us and we will get back to you immediately.
Do you paint kitchen cabinetry?
Yes, almost every day for thirty consecutive years. In the last five years we have been competently completing 5-8 jobs a month.
I haven't been able to find anyone else that specializes in cabinetry, other than yourselves. Why is that?
There are a ton of companies who will claim (somewhat disengenuously) that they do cabinetry and they will in actuality try their best to “paint” your cabinets with a brush and roller using plain old non durable house “paint” but we’re the only company (that Im aware of) that has a hermentically sealed spray booth for spraying lacquer only using HVLP (High Volume Low Pressure) sprayers.
Why are you making a distinction between ‘house paint’ and ‘lacquer’?
Paint typically is not as durable as a lacquer. Regular house paint simply cannot withstand the level of scrubbing or bumping that lacquered cabinets can withstand. The only “paints” per se, that should be used for cabinetry refinishing are pre-catalyzed industrial epoxies as they are as durable, if not more so, than most lacquers.
I'm OK with a used Yugo; a cadillac would probably be out of my price range anyway. Do you have any Yugos on the lot? After all, we're moving in a few years and just need to spruce things up a bit before our house goes on the market.
If I saw a special on cadillacs and told you about it would Yugo (you go)?
What about melamine, is that any good for can cabinets?
How do you arrive at a price for painting our cabinets? Does someone need to come and take a look?
Our kitchen cabinets are Oak and my daughters kitchen is laminate. We have approximately the same number of pieces. Will the cost be the same for the both of us?
Whats the big deal with Oak; what is it exactly that causes the price to be higher than for cabinets made from different materials?
I have 48 pieces of oak cabinets in my kitchen. How do you arrive at a price for that? How do I book a job?
- the number of pieces multiplied by our price per piece.
- the on site painting of fixed pieces
- removing and replacing of hinges and knobs
- cost of materials
Book job’s online by giving a non refundable interac e-transfer deposit.
How long will we be without our doors and drawers?
10 days for the average sized job. (22-30 pieces)
Im pretty handy with a drill. Can I remove the replace the doors and drawers and take the hinges and knobs off myself?
No problemo. In fact, about 80% of our customers do so.
I use to be a College Pro Painter. I can probably do the on site painting myself as well. Can you set me up?
I don’t really recommend it but if (push comes to shove) and you feel so inclined I can give you the exact application tools we would use if we were to do it ourselves. Typically though, the majority of our customers prefer to shy away from this aspect…and understandably so.
So my husband and I are in the process of trying to take the fronts off the drawers. The fronts of the drawers are glued together in addition to being screwed on. I am afraid of letting my husband yank the fronts off. Do you normally rip them off or can you paint around the drawers?
Sounds like you should leave them be as there could be issues getting them back on. We can prep, prime and spray them as is, if that seems to be the better route.
We are painting the kitchen walls as well. Should we paint the walls before or after you paint the cupboards?
I would do the walls first. Touching up a wall due to any inadvertent damage during the install (by yourself) is much less egregious than injury inflicted upon a cabinet stemming from an accident by the aforementioned customer.
My husband was also wondering if we should be washing (TSP?) the doors and frames before you guys arrive.
Thank you but don’t do any washing or cleaning of the cabinetry as that is part of what you’re paying for.
I’m a bit concerned about the smelly primer. not only do we have a toddler but I am pregnant, so it won’t be so good for me/baby either.
I’m in full agreement with you on this one. We do not use smelly dangerous solvent based primers; we use very eco friendly low odour pre catylized water based lacquer primers. The best primer/sealer on the market.
Would we have any say on when the painting could be done at our place? Even though the primer is not very smelly I would still like for us to not be around. I work wednesdays and thursdays so at least i’m out of the house all day, and my husband can take our son out.
We can do the on-site fixed pieces any day or night that is best for you and your family.