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Painted cabinets: Catalyzed CAB Acrylic Conversion Coating vs 2K Poly4/1
I am deciding between a Catalyzed CAB Acrylic Conversion Coating (with a Hardener added to it) vs a 2K Poly for spraying kitchen cabinets. My clients want the finish to mimic the low-luster look of old-world paint.
When my clients get the painted look, they usually choose a bright white, grey, light pastel colors, dark navy blue or dark green.
Please see attached photos to see exactly the kind of finish my clients want.
CAB Acrylic product name:
2K Poly products:
This is a very detailed set of questions, wanted to make sure you got *some* response.
Here's the short version of an answer to some of your questions:
CAB lacquers and 2k urethanes are not even in the same planet in comparing durability/etc. The urethanes will blow away the lacquers. You will pay more for this
The rest of your questions are hard to answer because they are very subjective.
Also, the sher-wood line you mention is solvent based.
Thank you Daniel.
I just ordered samples from Renner’s distributor MK Sales. I’ll definitely update everybody here about my experience and result with Renner.
One thing i didn't touch on that may be worth knowing - the lacquers would probably be much more forgiving of bad prep/priming/etc than the 2k urethanes.
They will not bond as easily, so the use of proper prep/sealers/primers is often very important.
If you want to see what happens otherwise, you can see pictures of 2k urethane delamination on houzz's flooring discussions and watch the flooring installers blame the products rather than improper prep :)
What are the more proper ways of prepping and priming? And how do most people screw up?
I have started a new post titled “ Rank multiple 2K poly finishing schedules”, which includes 6 finishing schedules I have observed from professionals from multiple countries.
I would love to get your opinions on things and at the same time, I hope my new post would inspire new ideas.
"I have observed from professionals from multiple countries"
What is your business, job description, experience, general background?
I am British. I am in my twenties. I live in the US now but I lived in Asia and Europe when I was younger. I can speak multiple languages.
My family owns a hotel chain and I own a humble kitchen cabinet business here since my husband likes woodworking. I moved to New York for a banking job after graduation but realised later that I like interior designs better. Now I work on small construction projects here on the west coast.
Now you have to tell me about your background 😋
"What are the more proper ways of prepping and priming? And how do most people screw up?"
To be honest, most people screw up by not following the directions on the product sheet to the letter.
Let me give you a practical example of differences -
With lacquer, you can stain stuff with a lot of different stains, and assuming it cured properly, it'll probably work to spray stuff over it.
With 2k urethane, you almost always must use sealer coats over stains. The types of stains you use *must* be compatible with the sealer.
Most 2k urethanes also have explicit directions on what grit to sand to before applying sealer or topcoat, etc.
Most lacquers have the same, of course.
However, if you ignore the lacquer directions, you can get away with it most times.
Let me answer your doubts: