Author Topic: New cabinets installed unfinished being coated with ka+ adding trim and crown?  (Read 1962 times)

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Offline drm11981

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I built a ton of cabinets for my home. I sprayed ka+ surfacer on the backs, bottoms and sides that mate with the other cabinets and installed most of them. I did this because I am a one man show and have not done a project this big and didnt want to have to respray dings and scratches.

My question is would it be best to attach all the trim and crown first then surface, sand caulk ect. or surface all all crown and MDF trim individually then attach it sand it and then caulk ect. ?

Tom answered my other questions and I am not sure if he got my last message. Any help here would be much appreciated. Thanks.


« Last Edit: June 22, 2018, 01:27 PM by drm11981 »

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Offline tjbnwi

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I am very busy, I get to messages when time allows, check your in box.

Tom

Offline Tim Raleigh

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My question is would it be best to attach all the trim and crown first then surface, sand caulk ect. or surface all all crown and MDF trim individually then attach it sand it and then caulk ect. ?

I would surface all the crown and MDF and then attach sand and caulk.
Generally I prefinish my components and then assemble on site, but if you make a mistake it can be painful and the joinery has to be tight. If this is a face frame, then install and then finishing usually looks better than prefinished.
It's easier to work on trim on the bench than on the cabinet and cleaning up MDF edges can be tedious on a ladder. I assume you are going to spray these cabinets with surfacer so any nail holes etc. will be reprimed when you do that.
Tim

Offline brewster201

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I think you did a great job with the cabinets but that last product I would have used is bare Mdf. My choice would have been standard laminate over particleboard standard kitchen stuff. A lot less work and just spray over the laminate ends for your custom colour.
Again good job👍
Hand Woodworking

Offline drm11981

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My question is would it be best to attach all the trim and crown first then surface, sand caulk ect. or surface all all crown and MDF trim individually then attach it sand it and then caulk ect. ?

I would surface all the crown and MDF and then attach sand and caulk.
Generally I prefinish my components and then assemble on site, but if you make a mistake it can be painful and the joinery has to be tight. If this is a face frame, then install and then finishing usually looks better than prefinished.
It's easier to work on trim on the bench than on the cabinet and cleaning up MDF edges can be tedious on a ladder. I assume you are going to spray these cabinets with surfacer so any nail holes etc. will be reprimed when you do that.
Tim


Yes i will be spraying these. Is it always best to fill nail holes after the first coat of surfacer? I grew up doing it before any coats.

Offline drm11981

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I think you did a great job with the cabinets but that last product I would have used is bare Mdf. My choice would have been standard laminate over particleboard standard kitchen stuff. A lot less work and just spray over the laminate ends for your custom colour.
Again good job👍



Thanks, i was in a pinch for available lumber when i built island, and the cabinets by the stairs. all the rest are maple plywood. and all maple face frames. I personally love Mdf it finishes amazing and is stable as long as its not near water.
I have also added all the trim and crown since.

Offline drm11981

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i will do a final sand, tape off and vacuum before surfacing them tonight.

Offline Tim Raleigh

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Is it always best to fill nail holes after the first coat of surfacer?

I fill nail holes before the first coat. Then fill any that have shrunk down after. I use a wood filler like Timbermate I dislike (hate) using spackle or any latex based fillers in wood work. Drives me nuts.
Tim

Offline deepcreek

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+1 on Timbermate

Great stuff.
Joe Adams
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Houston, Texas

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Offline Pnw painter

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Timbermate is also my favorite, but I also use Elmer’s since it’s more readily available. Famowood (Waterbased) is also great, but not many retailers in my area carry it.






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