Cabinet Finish Process

CliqStudios.com has developed its finishes with Akzo-Nobel, a world leader in high-end paints and coatings. Our stain finishes are applied in a five-step color process that includes equalizing stains, toners, sanding and hand wiping to achieve depth and color consistency. Paint finishes begin with a flexible vinyl primer followed by a tough enamel color coat. Paints and stain finishes are finalized with a heat-cured topcoat varnish with UV inhibitors to protect and strengthen the durability of the finish.

cherry cabinets in open kitchen with island Wood Stain Finishes

Our stain process enhances the color of the wood and accentuates the natural subtleties of the grain. Stains come in a variety of tones and colors, ranging from light to dark and subdued to rich. The final effect will depend on the wood species and beautiful natural variations. Our kitchen cabinet face, door and drawer fronts are constructed with solid birch, maple, American cherry and oak.

kitchen built with inset shaker cabinets in white with a moss-green island with beadboard panel and cabinet legPainted Cabinets

Painted finishes hide all wood grain patterns. In the construction of our painted cabinets, we combine hardwood door frames with medium-density fiberboard center panels to minimize paint cracking at joints during changes in temperature and humidity. Our cabinets are available in white, linen and a number of designer paint colors.

Multi-Coat Finish Process

Our superior finishing process ensures the sheen and feel of your cabinetry endures for a lifetime. Every treatment and coating application is professionally applied and heat-cured in an oven to build strength for a quality finish. When the last corner is sanded and the final finishing topcoat is applied, the result is a smooth surface that protects against wear, scuffs and stains.

Sanding – All Finishes: From medium to very fine grit, our sanding process follows a strict sequence to ensure a smooth wood surface that is ready for treatment. Each piece is completed with a vacuum cleaning to remove all dust particles.
Toner – Stain Applications: Each wood component receives two applications of toner to balance the color bring out the beauty of the natural wood and graining.
Wood Conditioner: A wood conditioner is applied to prepare the wood surface for even acceptance of stain or paint.
Hand Sand & Dust Removal: Each piece is then sanded by hand to remove any buildup and restore a smooth surface.
Stain Application: A deep penetrating stain is evenly applied to all surfaces and profiles to emphasize the natural wood grain. All surfaces are then hand-wiped to remove excess.
Paint Flexible Primer Application: A primer spray is applied in two applications to ensure even coverage and a uniform surface bond.
Catalyzed Stain Sealer: All stained components receive two coats of a tough, non-yellowing catalyzed sealer to protect the stain.
Hand Sand – Stain Finishes: Another sanding process is completed to prepare for a final stain finish topcoat and an ultra-smooth finish.
Baked Enamel – Paint Finishes: An enamel paint is evenly applied to all surfaces and then oven-cured for a uniform surface.
Final Finish Top Coat: To complete the finish, a premium, topcoat varnish with UV inhibitors is applied to protect the finish from moisture and fading due to natural light.