Being in the painting field since 1995 I have a great appreciation for the skill and talent that it takes to be a painter. There are so many different types of painting that you can gain experience in. Wall painting, trim and door painting, restoration, refinishing, fine finishes, spray application (with many types of sprayers), residential, commercial, and the list can go on.
Having spent a large portion of my career in spraying and wood finishing I have always enjoyed making wood look it’s best. The time I spent doing residential re-painting was valuable in teaching me how important prep work is in creating a sound surface for the finish coat. Applying a beautiful finish means nothing if it is not going to stand the test of time. It takes a great deal of experience to truly understand that concept and be able to disregard all the bad information that is out there. There are very few painters who care about the long term of their work in this way, it takes much more effort and you can’t be the cheapest price. This is why cabinet refinishing became my passion.
Why not to hire a house painter for your cabinet project
It seems logical initially to hire your painter to do your cabinets. The price is competitive and they know how to apply coatings right? They may even have spray equipment.
I can tell you first hand that cabinet refinishing is a field all it’s own within the realm of painting. It is so different that it should be considered another business altogether. A typical painter is going to offer the same services you see on a DIY website or TV show.
This is more like a “band-aid” and you are taking a major gamble with longevity, even if they manage to make them look good. Your cabinetry is worth investing in and the cost to do the job right is oftentimes no more expensive than what you paid to have it done poorly.
Poor product adhesion (paint failure) can hide under a smooth finish as well, as seen in these photos, the coating can be scratched off with a thumbnail. How long do you think a cabinet paint job like that will last? Unfortunately, just long enough for the painter to get out the door and on to his next job.
BAD CABINET PAINT JOBS
When you are looking to hire a professional to paint your kitchen cabinets you have to realize that bad paint jobs are real, they do exist, and they happen all the time to unsuspecting victims. Orange peel, roller texture, brush marks, blotchy, uneven, runs, drips, rough, sticky, chipping, flaking, peeling. The list of describing words goes on and on for bad cabinet paint jobs but let’s allow some images to “paint” a better picture for us. Spoiler Alert, these are real paint jobs done by professional companies of which we will not disclose…
I designed our website with that in mind. I want people to know what to look for so that cabinet painting does not get a bad name. There are already many unfortunate victims of bad paint jobs, and as demand rises, more inferior painting companies are rising to the occasion to make a few bucks.
Remember, just because they sand doesn’t mean they are refinishing. Sanding is so very skimmed over in painting. All the details that seem small in our process are the ones that have the most impact on durability.
If they don’t have a place where they do their work they are not serious. Proper climate control and equipment is necessary to do the job right. Without ventilation and airflow combined with consistent temperatures, you cannot produce a true factory finish. There are plenty of other problems that arise when cabinet doors are stored in an uncontrolled climate as well.
Always hire someone you trust to do your work.
You do not want a house painter who dabbles with cabinets, that is a recipe for disaster. Would you want a painter who does exterior painting all year long, or a wall painter to come to apply a fine finish on the cabinets in your home?
Using the right products for your cabinetry is essential. You need to block wood tannins and stains with the right primer, then you need a topcoat that is made for cabinets. The door and trim paints sold at paint stores are often not re-finish friendly. This can cause more difficulties later down the line when it is time to freshen up or make a color change.
We offer damage recovery services on bad cabinet paint jobs, whether your cabinet paint job is flaking, chipping, peeling, or just plain looks bad we can help you out. It is always better to have had it done right in the first place, but with our process, we are able to bring back a look to your cabinets that you can enjoy again, along with the durability you need. If you have had the displeasure of being given a bad paint job on your cabinets let us know and we can discuss your options.