|Forum topic by Bulkhead||posted 01-26-2016 07:50 PM||645 views||0 times favorited||6 replies|
01-26-2016 07:50 PM
I have a large, complex set of built-ins that I am constructing and need advice about how to deal with the face frames. I have assembled and hung quite a few cabinets in their final position. Many of the cabinets have been finished in white, while others that will have doors installed, have been prefinished clear (used prefinished ply for box construction). I was pretty careful with painting the cabinets. After milling the material, I primed and painted before final assembly. I am happy with the finish I achieved using an HVLP sprayer.
Because the layout is complex, I cannot pre-assemble face frames and attach. Each rail and stile will be attached individually. I am planning to use biscuits for alignment as well as adhesive caulk and 18ga. nails.
Faceframes (on right side):
I am wondering if I should prime and paint the face frame components before installing, or if I should install them first and then sand, prime and paint.
My concern is related to final appearance and a desire to avoid dreaded brush marks on the face frames. I don’t want to ponder the work required to tape off everything to spray the faces once installed!
The advantage to painting after installation is that I can be precise in the fitting of all pieces and I can ensure better finish at each joint.
The advantage to finishing before installation is that I just touch up but I am concerned with the joints being visible.
What would you guys do?