use solid stain
stain does not crack like paint does
"baked on finish"
what a crock
the best finishes are hand rubbed
it can be done in a factory or on site.
| Hi all:
| Can anyone provide some guidance on a problem I'm having. I'm redoing
| basically every cabinet in the house (kitchen, bathrooms, etc.). I am
| going with a high quality maple cabinet, and want it finished in an
| antique white paint with perhaps a glaze. Right now, I am attempting
| to decide between completely custom, built and painted on site
| cabinets, and pre-finished, custom cabinets. The prefinished cabinets
| are dura supreme, which are measured on site, then built in a factory
| in Minnesota. I'm in california.
| Because we are going to be using a painted finished, which chips and
| scratches easily, I am extremely concerned about durability. I am
| hearing completely different things from different people. Some say
| that pre-finished is the only way to go because they can apply various
| chemicals in minnesota that they can't in California, and these
| chemicals protect the finish a lot more. These people also say that
| pre-finished cabinets can have a "baked on finish" that you just
| cannot get with on-site application no matter what state you are in.
| On the other side of the coin, the custom guys say that the whole "you
| can't apply such and such a chemical in California"-thing is an urban
| legend, and they are promising that they can make as durable a paint
| finish as I can possibly find with a pre-finished model.
| Putting aside the entire custom vs. non-custom debates, as far as
| finished go, does anyone know the truth? Are there in fact things
| that are being done in out-of-state cabinets that can't or aren't done
| on in-state cabinets?
I also recommend staining and varnishing. Do not paint new wood!