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Wood Stained Cabinet Finish Process

The finish process for stained wood cabinets begins with the selection of the finest hardwoods. The wood is screened to help ensure that the natural tones blend to create a furniture look that will also stand up to everyday wear and tear. Our oven-cured, catalyzed varnish is manufactured by Akzo-Nobel, a world leader that produces superior furniture finishes. Our oven finish has also been tested against 26 different household chemicals for a 24-hour period.

10-Step Finish Process:

Sanding from medium grit to very fine grit sequence. Sanding follows a strict grit sequence of sand paper that is completed by vacuum cleaning of the wood to ensure that the wood surface is free of all dust and particles.

Toner applications: the first toner is applied to selected stain components to enhance the natural wood beauty and graining. Then components are oven cured at 130° F, followed by a second toner application and oven curing.

Wood conditioner is used before the stain prep coat to prepare the wood surface and to reduce imperfections. Conditioning is followed by oven curing at 130° F.

Hand sand and dust removal: After the wood conditioning has been completed, more sanding is required prior to stain to help ensure an even surface.

Stain application and hand wiping. Stain is evenly applied to all surfaces. This deep penetrating stain is applied for even coverage on all profiles. The wood is then hand wiped to remove excess stain and and emphasize the natural wood grain. The wood is then oven cured at 130° F.

Catalyzed stain sealer is applied to protect the stain and seal components. All stained components receive two coats of tough, non-yellowing, catalyzed sealer and then are oven cured at 130° F.

Hand dust and dust removal: a final sanding process is completed to remove dust to prep for final finish application to achieve an ultra-smooth finish. After each seal coat is applied and sanded, doors are vacuumed to remove debris.

Final finish top coat: to complete the finish process a premium quality catalyzed varnish is applied and oven cured at 130° F to protect the grain from moisture and lock in the beauty of the wood.

Natural Variation in Wood

How wood looks and feels is affected by climate, soil nutrients, growing season and time and age at harvest. Wood contains natural imperfections that are part of its appeal and character. Graining differences and color variation are to be expected. Every wood species exhibits characteristics including knots, pinholes, sap runs and darkening with age. All wood species should be protected against long-term exposure to moisture.
Whether you are replacing kitchen cabinets or planning a full remodel of your space, our design service is always free. We encourage you to contact our studio with any questions.