Cabinet Finish Process
The finishes for CliqStudios Signature and Signature Plus lines were developed 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.
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.
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.
10-Step Finish Process
Our 10-step finish process ensures the sheen and feel of your Signature and Signature Plus 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. 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.
3. Wood Conditioner
A wood conditioner is applied to prepare the wood surface for even acceptance of stain or paint.
4. Hand Sand & Dust Removal
Each piece is then sanded by hand to remove any buildup and restore a smooth surface.
5. 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.
6. Paint Flexible Primer Application
A primer spray is applied in two applications to ensure even coverage and a uniform surface bond.
7. Catalyzed Stain Sealer
All stained components receive two coats of a tough, non-yellowing catalyzed sealer to protect the stain.
8. Hand Sand – Stain Finishes
Another sanding process is completed to prepare for a final stain finish topcoat and an ultra-smooth finish.
9. Baked Enamel – Paint Finishes
An enamel paint is evenly applied to all surfaces and then oven-cured for a uniform surface
10. 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.