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Custom vs semi custom finish for cabinets??

Posted by margieb2 (My Page) on
Thu, Jun 21, 07 at 19:06

Not sure if this is best posted here or on the kitchen forum but I'm wondering what, exactly, accounts for the differnce in finish between a semi-custom cabinet and a custom cabinet form a local shop. They both supposedly use catalytic conversion finish and both are done in a shop but I notice a diffence. Is it technique? Number of applications of varnish. Can a custom chop replicate a semi custom finish?



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RE: Custom vs semi custom finish for cabinets??


I do some work for a custom kitchen shop that buys common boxes and shop-builds the customized stuff (half-walls, wine racks, desks, etc.) It all matches, so I'm guessing it's a matter of finishing technique, skills, materials, tools and processes. All things being equal, you should be able to get the same results.

RE: Custom vs semi custom finish for cabinets??

Are you using "custom" and "semi-custom" to refer to the cabinets or the finish? Custom cabinets are specifically made to measure to exactly fit your space. Semi-custom are bought pre-made and fillers are used to make the pieces fit the space.
A custom finish should use hand-applied stain with attention to evening out the variations in wood tone, and covered with sprayed pre-catalyzed lacquer. I dunno about "semi custom" - maybe everything is just sprayed, without the care regarding wood tone variations.

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