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Forum topic by skatefriday posted 06-25-2015 05:03 PM 594 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-25-2015 05:03 PM

Ok. I give up. I do not have the skill/tools/materials required to
do proper finishing. I have a bunch of parts sitting in my
garage that are going to need to be completely redone.

Does anyone know of a good contract finisher for
cabinet doors, drawer fronts and face frames in the
Los Angeles area? Preferably the San Fernando Valley?


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#1 posted 06-25-2015 06:38 PM

I assume this is a follow-up to your other thread about finishing kitchen cabinets. It sounds like you’ve applied a finish and by redone, you want someone to strip that finish and start over?

I know you’re frustrated but have you considered sanding them back, assuming you like the color/stain, but hate the clearcoat? You could sand them back, spray on a shellac sealer, and then spray on a new clearcoat. I’m guessing you can get the sprayer and the clearcoat for less than you’d pay someone else to do it, and you’d have a new tool to use for future projects.

Or, sand back, shellac sealer, followed by a tinted topcoat, basically painting them?

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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#2 posted 06-25-2015 10:17 PM

No space for a spray booth is the real problem trying to
spray them myself.

Are you in the LA area? Want to earn a little extra money?

I did find one professional guy over in Van Nuys. He wants $50 a linear foot.
of cabinet to spray face frames, doors, and drawer fronts. Ouch. Is that
really to going rate or is he looking at a sucker in over his head?

And he quoted $400 to strip the 6 parts I messed up already. Well there’s
only $15 of material tops in each part. Even I can do that math.

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#3 posted 06-26-2015 03:10 AM

I now know why Bob Lang, whose book I largely relied upon to
teach me how to build cabinets only devotes two pages to

If I had known this was going to be my stumbling block I perhaps
would not have embarked on this project.

I’m retitling his book from “The Complete Kitchen Cabinetmaker” to
“The Everything But Finishing Cabinetmaker, and Don’t Discount How
Difficult That Might Be”

OK, maybe I’m being a bit harsh.

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#4 posted 06-26-2015 04:41 AM

Don’t be too hard on yourself finishing is something you just can’t raed in a book or watch a video and become a pro.
It’s kinda like learning to become a great tennis player one could read all the books out there and watch hundreds of tennis matches.And still fall short when the game starts.
So many factors go into a great finish some of my best pieces have as many hour finishing as building.I don’t think I can really help too much without seeing what your working with,But I can tell you one thing for sure ditch the varathane junk.Try some of the general finishes, They are very easy to learn but keep it simple.Small stuff at first.Right now is not a good time to learn but if you must do your testing in the morning when it’s cool.
I live out east of you toward pomona,If you can wait.sometime in the middle of July I will have some time too help you sort out what’s what.Aj

-- Aj

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