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Our 1st step

Removing all doors and hinges

Removing all doors and hinges prior to refinishing kitchen cabinets is a common practice in the industry, and it is typically recommended by professionals. The primary reason for this is to ensure that the entire cabinet structure is adequately prepared for refinishing, including both the visible surfaces and any hidden corners or crevices.

In addition to ensuring a high-quality finish, removing the doors and hinges also makes the refinishing process more efficient by allowing the refinisher to work on the doors and cabinets separately, which can speed up the overall process and reduce the risk of mistakes or errors.

Our 2nd step

Degreasing all surfaces

Degreasing kitchen cabinets before refinishing them is critical to ensure that the new finish adheres correctly and looks great. A strong cleaner or degreaser solution is typically used, followed by scrubbing and rinsing to remove all traces of the cleaner. It's important to work with a professional refinishing service to ensure the appropriate degreasing method for your specific cabinets. Overall, degreasing ensures a high-quality and long-lasting finish.

Our 3rd step

Sanding all surfaces

Sanding kitchen cabinets after degreasing is important to remove the remaining grease and roughen the surface for better adhesion. Fine-grit sandpaper is used to sand in the direction of the wood grain, and cabinets are thoroughly cleaned afterward. Working with a professional refinishing service ensures the appropriate sanding method for your specific cabinets. Overall, sanding is crucial for a high-quality and long-lasting finish.

Our 4th step

Protecting all surfaces in the kitchen

When refinishing kitchen cabinets, it's essential to protect all surfaces in the kitchen, including the cabinets themselves. To do this, a professional refinishing service will typically use plastic sheeting to cover all surfaces, including the walls, countertops, floors, and any appliances or furniture in the area. This not only protects these surfaces from overspray and accidental damage but also helps to contain any dust or debris generated during the refinishing process.

In addition to protecting surfaces, refinishing services will also create a large spray booth to ensure a controlled and safe environment for the refinishing process. The spray booth typically consists of a plastic sheeting enclosure that is erected around the cabinets to be refinished. The enclosure provides a controlled environment for spraying and helps to prevent overspray from spreading to other areas.

Our 5th step

Applying the first of two coats of the primer

Applying the first and second coats of primer is a critical step in kitchen cabinet refinishing. Refinishers use a 1K urethane coating or an alcohol-based primer depending on the surface condition. A spray gun is used to apply a thin, even layer, followed by a second coat. Proper primer application ensures a smooth and durable finish that will last for years.

Overall, applying the first of two coats of primer is a crucial step in the kitchen cabinet refinishing process. It helps to create a smooth, even surface for the final finish and ensures that the finish will adhere properly and last for years to come.

Our 6 step

Applying finish coating

Many refinishing projects fail not just because of inadequate prep work, but also because of the final coatings used to finish the surface. While spraying the doors can give the project a professional quality look, using latex or acrylic paint will not hold up over time. At Prestige Cabinets Finishing, we use waterborne lacquers, which are the same cabinet coatings used on new cabinets, ensuring a spectacular finish that will stand the test of time. Our lacquers do not yellow over time, unlike solvent-based lacquers.


Moreover, we offer an optional 1k urethane top coat to our customers, which provides an additional layer of protection and durability to their refinished cabinets.

Waterborne lacquers and 1k urethane top coats are both effective finishes for cabinets, but they have different properties. Waterborne lacquers are known for their low VOC (volatile organic compound) content and fast drying time. They are also easy to clean up with water and have good resistance to household chemicals. On the other hand, 1k urethane top coats have superior durability and chemical resistance compared to waterborne lacquers. They also have a higher gloss level and are more resistant to abrasion and scratches.


Ultimately, the choice between waterborne lacquers and 1k urethane top coats will depend on the customer's needs and preferences. Our team at Prestige Cabinets Finishing can guide our customers to make an informed decision that best fits their needs and budget."

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