The refinishing process typically requires two to three consecutive working days on-site for cabinet box preparation and finishing. Doors and drawer faces are returned approximately 10-14 business days later after undergoing finishing at Empire’s Delafield workshop. The more time cabinets have to dry (cure), the better.
Step 1: Prepare the Surface and Area
Assess the wood grain and condition. Cover floors, mask appliances, and drape the area to enclose and contain dust from sanding. Remove cabinet doors and drawer faces, labeling each for proper placement, wrap in packing blankets for protection, and transport to Empire’s workshop.
Step 2: Prime, Caulk, and Putty
Before priming, perform a light sanding to ensure good primer adhesion. For oak cabinetry or millwork, back-brush primer to help infill the porous wood grain. Apply shellac bonding primer for a strong bond to the existing coating and to help block stains. Oak cabinetry receives a coat of Aquaclear grain filler to further reduce grain appearance. All seams are caulked with a 55-year rated elastomeric caulk. Surface imperfections and nail holes are filled as needed with spackle and sanded smooth. Hardware placement holes can be puttied upon request for new hardware fittings.
Step 3: Apply Finish Coats, Perform Thorough Clean Up, and Touch Up
Painted cabinet boxes, doors, and drawer fronts receive two finish coats of Benjamin Moore INSL-X Cabinet coat. Stain, gel stain, and clear coating is a different process. Once finished, doors and drawer fronts are carefully wrapped in packing blankets, delivered, and reinstalled. Empire typically performs cabinetry touch-ups as needed to both the cabinet boxes and the doors and drawer fronts one to two weeks from the reinstall date. This allows even more dry time as freshly painted cabinetry is still most susceptible to dings and marks within the first 10 days.
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