Cabinet Finish Process
The finishes for CliqStudios were developed with Akzo-Nobel, a world leader in high-end paints and coatings. Paint finishes begin with a flexible vinyl primer followed by a tough enamel color coat. Paints finishes are finalized with a heat-cured topcoat varnish with UV inhibitors to protect and strengthen the durability of the finish.
Painted cabinet finishes hide all wood grain patterns. In the construction of our painted cabinets, we combine hardwood door frames with medium-density fiberboard (MDF) center panels to minimize paint cracking at joints during changes in temperature and humidity. Our cabinets are available in shades of white and a number of designer paint colors.
Our 10-step finish 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.
1. 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.
2. Wood Conditioner
A wood conditioner is applied to prepare the wood surface for even acceptance of paint.
3. Hand Sand & Dust Removal
Each piece is then sanded by hand to remove any buildup and restore a smooth surface.
4. Paint Flexible Primer Application
A primer spray is applied in two applications to ensure even coverage and a uniform surface bond.
5. Baked Enamel – Paint Finishes
An enamel paint is evenly applied to all surfaces and then oven-cured for a uniform surface
6. 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.