Some Realities of Onsite Waterborne Cabinet Finishes
When the onsite elements conspire against, it is the craft of the finisher to use all weapons in the product arsenal to overcome – and waterborne cabinet finishes are a great solution. Here are some situational obstacles and product solutions gleaned from our field notes on recent custom built in project:
1. Window inside panelization creates funky natural light tunnel effect
2. Unit is a mix of maple, poplar, mdf and cabinet grade sheet goods
3. Work to be done in closer than ideal proximity to carpentry in rest of house
4. Just for kicks…lets brush it
This is a custom built full wall unit that includes a trimmed window in the center from which a top and side panelization system connects to the two side cabinet units which contain shelving, doors and drawers, and are connected at the bottom center by a large window seat with drawers underneath at floor level. So, the unit integrates with the window trim pack internally, and connects to the rest of the room with the crown, base and shoe running through externally. Trim package and cabinet elements need to receive a consistent finish that is cabinet grade.
1. Prep and finish sanding have to be spot on.
2. Primer has to be capable on mixed species.
3. Primer and paint have to be fast driers.
4. Brushes have to be capable of cleanly moving material fast.
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We used ugl wood filler and finish sanded with dustless power sanding gear. Benjamin Moore Fresh Start Superior (046) was the primer, and was paired with the house trim paint, Benjamin Moore Waterborne Satin Impervo (314). Brushes were Picasso and Purdy. Results, pleasing. Another example of brushed waterborne cabinet finishes that integrate well with the trim package and finish.
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