Diversify your portfolio and expand your offerings to include cabinet refinishing. New trends in kitchen cabinet refinishing make it a solid add-on to any kitchen painting job or interior remodel.
A pro painter carries a gallon of ADVANCE® and a ladder to a job.

Tips to Overcome Customer Cabinet Painting Concerns:

  • Learn about return to service time frames and cabinet-specific paint features
  • Understand how much it costs to remodel vs. repaint and be prepared to share that information
  • Use sample boards painted in thirds to showcase the durability of refinishing in different finish options
  • Show the effectiveness of the process using a sample board painted in sections, from existing, to primed, to the first and second coat

Estimating Cabinet Refinishing:

    1. Factor in hours for disassembling hardware, prep, sanding and top coating
    2. Factor in an additional day for a second coat
    3. Be sure to estimate and include the hours it will take to reassemble the cabinets once the paint has cured

Most cabinet refinishing paint jobs average $3,500 and up, whereas new cabinets start there and can cost a homeowner upwards of $24,000.

Once you gain experience, you’ll be able to estimate quickly by counting the number of cabinets and knowing exactly how much time it takes your crew based on that figure.
A painting contractor sprays a cabinet door with an HVLP paint sprayer.

How to Refinish Cabinets the Right Way

Any painting contractor can paint kitchen cabinets. However, expertise is required to paint them well.

Protect the area: Be sure to mask and cover everything when spraying cabinets and bring in air filtration systems. When brushing or spraying, ensure you have proper ventilation and keep fumes contained in the area where you are working.

Remove doors & hardware: For best results, remove and label doors to be sure you know which cabinets they belong to and finish apart from the cabinets.

Clean and sand cabinets: Clean, sand, vacuum debris and use a tack cloth to remove residual debris.

Use an effective primer: Use a tried and true primer like INSL-X® STIX® or Benjamin Moore® ADVANCE® primer.

Use a quality paint product: Benjamin Moore ADVANCE® Waterborne alkyd gives you the best of both worlds in a low-VOC product, but has the drying and hardness attributes of an alkyd. It takes a bit longer to dry and cure time is longer, but the results are a smooth, glass-like finish.

Apply using your preferred method: Spray with an HVLP spray gun for a smooth factory-like finish or brush and roll for hands-on control. ADVANCE® can also be applied with an airless or air-assisted airless rig.

Allow time to cure: Cabinets are a high-traffic area of the home and require enough time to cure.

A painting contractor paints a kitchen cabinet.

Why Should My Business Offer Cabinet Refinishing?

Cabinet refinishing is a lucrative opportunity for painting contractors, and a cost-effective solution for homeowners as an alternative to buying expensive new kitchen or bathroom cabinets.
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