It was nice talking to you last Tuesday. Thank you for giving us your professional opinion on what to do with our cabinets that were painted and then just 1 month after cracked.
I have attached some pictures of our cabinets that were painted in July. The first picture is the way the original cabinets looked before the painter said he could paint them and they would look perfect without cracking or peeling.
The second picture is after he painted them.
The next picture shows the cracking that took place shortly after on all of the cabinets. Even the cabinet pieces that don’t move cracked.
Finally, the last picture shows the cracking after the painter attempted to fix the cabinets. This happened just two weeks after his attempt to fix them.
1. What are your professional suggestions for fixing these (i.e. what would you best recommend we do to fix these cabinets, how would you fix them)?
2. Would you recommend that we need to reface them?
Please reply at your earliest convenience.
It appears that your painter caulked the cabinets
prior to painting them. Caulking is not compatible
with nitrocellulose lacquer. The solvents in the
lacquer heat-up and eat into the surface of the
caulking. This causes the lacquer to not adhere
to the caulking, thus, you get the cracking and
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Refacing with new doors will work if you go with plywood veneer or hardwood strips
over the cabinet stiles and rails (door frames ). Avoid the pre-glued paper thin
veneer strips- they look second rate and have the potential to peel.
1.- strip off the existing finish.
2.- prep and sand.
3.- apply vinyl undercoater.
5.- fill any cracks with Famowood wood filler
6.- apply 2nd coat of vinyl undercoater.
8.- apply 3 coats of conversion varnish paint
sanding between each coat.
Conversion Varnish is applied the same as lacquer,
looks the same as lacquer, is as smooth as lacquer
but is almost almost indestructble and longer lasting.