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How to Interview a Cabinet Painter

While the process of selecting a painter for your cabinet projects can feel daunting, here are some basic questions to ask when interviewing. Some of these are not a ‘Right or Wrong’ question, but more to make you stop and think about your preference (such as emptying cabinets).

  1. Does the painter spray the doors, or are you alright with them brush painting the doors? (You should always insist on seeing a sample of their work to approve their technique.)
  2. Are you required to empty all your cabinets and drawers during the project?
  3. Do they paint the doors on site at your house taking up space in your home, or do they take them offsite?
  4. Is the painter insured in case something happens like a spilled gallon of paint on your new floors or carpet?
  5. Do they offer a one year free touch up service?
  6. Do they use a 3 step prep process? (NO COMPROMISE HERE)
  7. What do they use for primer?  (If they tell you they don’t prime, RUN.)
  8. Do they use tried and true products with 10+ years of proven results, or are they using a trendy new product that just hit the market without a track record of endurance?
  9. Do they have a process to ensure the elimination and/or reduction of visible brush strokes?
  10. Do they know how to consult on what sheen to use, and are they well versed in the pros and cons?

Here are 2nd Chance Restoration’s answers to those questions:

  1. We spray the doors and drawers, and brush the bases (the part of the cabinet that is installed and stays at your house)
  2. We do not require emptying of doors and drawers. We tape off the cabinets from the inside, and we use a process that minimizes any sanding dust. You can rest assure that we clean each cabinet and countertop at the end of each work day of any dust that did result from the work.
  3. Doors and drawers are taken offsite. We treat each job the way that we would want it done and don’t set up long ladders and dropcloths in your home being in your way during the projects and making a mess in your house.
  4. We are insured and licensed in the State of Connecticut (HIC.0650532 )
  5.  We do!
  6. Every inch of your cabinets need to be cleaned, deglossed and sanded THOROUGHLY–we never compromise creating the optimal environment for paint adhesion.
  7. We work primarily with two professional grade primers and choose based off of the wood (one that blocks out stains and tannins for wood ones for example).  If a painter tells you the product they use does not require primer, this is just laziness and if they are cutting corners here, they will cut corners elsewhere too.
  8. We use paint products that are revered within the industry with a proven track record and a solid reputation for endurance and durability.
  9. We sand (and sand, and sand) between every coat to start the next coat off with the smoothest foundation and minimized brush strokes.
  10. It’s simple to look around a home and see what the kitchen will be put through day to day and suggest the appropriate finish. We also pride ourselves on having the confidence to stand by our recommendations and comfortably explaining the pros and cons of Satin, SemiGloss and HighGloss.

Happy Interviewing!

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