25-Step Hand Finish
25-Step Hand Finish
Holiday Kitchens takes many steps throughout the manufacturing process to guarantee the customer a quality product and lifetime use of the cabinetry. These steps are listed below in detail from the purchase of quality wood products to completion and final assembly.
Finishing Systems and Steps:
- Holiday Kitchens purchases only select grades of hardwood and wood products making sure through inspection that the color, integrity, and proper moisture content follows company specifications.
- Machined parts starting at the mill to our standards are inspected as produced and past on to the inventory staging area to produce, doors, panels, drawer fronts, moldings and other components in the building process.
- State of the art sanding is performed in our building areas by using the latest in sanding equipment and finalized by hand sanding to produce uniform consistency in finishing.
- The components are then removed of dust and particulates, inspected for correctness in size and any surface defects.
- If requested the customer may have distressing options that are conducted prior to finishing these would include Holiday Kitchens' hand distressing, worm holes, cracks/splits, edge and corner ware, or by special request other forms of distressing.
- In the process of primer opaque finishes Holiday Kitchens offers both see through primers, one coat, or a full coverage with two coats of full primer prior to glaze or topcoat.
- Sanding between each coat with a fine grit product gives a uniform level coat and adhesion. Wear through can also be accomplished to give the aged look as well. Glaze is then applied for the final step prior to topcoat. *Please see step fifteen for glazing steps.
- Holiday Kitchens has many standard glazing options for both stained and primed opaque finishes as well as a full custom finish lab for matching customer requirements. This holds true for any match requests in stains, primers, glazes, and techniques.
- A pre-stain dye combination of colors is used in some preferred finishes to enhance the grain and uniform the underlying color. These also allow Holiday Kitchens to develop a pre-step for darker colors preferred in the staining process. In other processes where uniformity in maple colors is preferred, spray no-wipe stains are used as the staining process.
- Application of a pigmented wipe stain, hand wiping to work in the color and wiping to consistency using standards developed for line use provide uniformity and the depth of the final color. A standard program as well as quality shipment inspection of incoming finishing materials helps Holiday Kitchens to maintain consistent products.
- All stained products are air flashed in a series of systems prior to oven drying, and pass through a cooling time prior to sealing.
- All stained products are then sealed with a catalyzed sealer especially formulated for the different application areas and curing systems. An air dry is given prior to state of the art ovens for the final cure before seal sanding.
- Daily logs are kept and filled out by the employees throughout the process to make sure wet film applications are correct for consistent build of the coatings, coverage of all areas and the long lasting durability of the finish. Note: In Holiday Kitchens' specialty process a catalyzed glazing sealer is used prior to glazing and after glazing a coat of the standard sealer is applied prior to topcoat.
- Seal sand is completed with both proper fine grit papers and sponges for maximum sanding and adhesion to the next coats.
- Glazes are hand wiped, where requested, to uniform the accent lines of the profiles.
- Each piece is compared to the standard and set on a special built platform to compare piece to piece consistency for color and hang up and inspected for defect.
- Fly speck can be applied to stains as well as primed and glazed product prior to final topcoats.
- All products are blown off with air and/or tack cloth prior to any topcoat being applied.
- Doors, drawers and applicable parts are completed in the catalyst topcoat operation by hand or automated system depending on process.
- Each application of the catalyst topcoats pass through an air drying system, and then staged ovens to complete the curing cycle.
- The final conversion topcoat is applied at the proper gloss requested by the customer. Holiday Kitchens offers several gloss ranges in the clears.
- Paints are ran the same as the normal primers finalizing with a paint. Two primer coats are applied and sanding is required between both coats. A final paint is applied by hand or by automation in the color requested by the customer or by special match request.
- All paints are sent through an oven system for proper final cure.
- Completed topcoat or painted finishes are checked with a gloss meter to make sure products are within the specified ranges.
- All finished doors and components are placed on final staging racks to prevent damage and go to final assembly and final inspection before packaging.
Holiday Kitchens uses an independent outsourced lab for evaluations of the coating systems as well as constant in-house testing and vendor testing laboratories.