European/Blum Hinge question

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Forum topic by balbert posted 09-16-2009 01:03 AM 1267 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-16-2009 01:03 AM

Topic tags/keywords: door hinges question finishing

I’m going to use Blum full overlay hinges for my storage cabinet doors. Got them at Rockler woodworking. I’m also going to paint my doors, front and back.

My question is, do you paint first and then drill the holes for the hinges or should you paint after drilling the holes? If you drill holes first, is it a good idea to then cover them during painting? Then again maybe it doesn’t matter?


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#1 posted 09-16-2009 01:26 AM

I drill everything and hang it first before finishing. If you make a boo boo you can plug the hole and no one will ever know. You don’t need to cover the hole as long as you don’t put on 50 coats. LOL.

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#2 posted 09-16-2009 01:28 AM

I drill first finsih the inside hang and then finish the outside.

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#3 posted 09-16-2009 03:04 AM

blum hinges are nice and forgiving because of their adjustment screws, but I would still suggest, set them up first than paint, just incase.

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#4 posted 09-16-2009 04:47 AM

drill, test, paint, hang works for me.
If you are worried about paint build-up in the cup holes you can mask them from the inside.

I bought a bunch of the cup hole hangers from Rockler they are great for spraying both sides in one hanging they also keep paint/poly out of the cup hole…

if you are using the clip-top hinges, you my want to invest in the blumotion soft-close dampers they add a real nice touch for only a few buck per door.

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