Labor Time for Glazing a Cabinet Door
Right now I'm taking around 8-14 minutes per door (depending on size), using a "no-vinyl" type oil based wiping glaze. Basecoat is MLC Stealth. The doors are standard 5-part doors with the appropriate routed edges for accepting glaze (no ogee, but instead sharp corners for leaving a bead of glaze in).
From the original questioner:
I have used Amazing Glaze before, but I am not the one that gets to make that choice. We are using a color ordered from Conestoga on this particular job, and since Amazing Glaze is a very different substance from the oil-based glaze and may produce a slightly different look, we want to avoid using it here.
On future jobs it's possible we can use it, and I can remind my shop foreman of the product, but I know he's well aware of Amazing Glaze since it's been around for six or eight years. I haven't asked him about it but I'm sure he has a reason for not using it.
As a side note, I've glazed my own personal furniture (bookshelves) using home-made glaze. Any random black or brown pigment powder from places like Artstuf.com mixed with a 15:1 ratio of lacquer thinner and conversion varnish (almost completely lacquer thinner with a touch of solids) makes for a great quick-dry glaze when loaded into an airbrush or small air gun.
From contributor Y:
It just depends on the glaze. As to time I make my own and have since the mid-sixties and can adjust it to work on small doors or 4x8' panels, etc. For a straight MS and color glaze your time sounds a little slow but not by much. It depends on how much finessing is needed. My work requires no brush strokes being visible, in other words it has to look like a perfectly uniform toner color with no hint of a brush even being used, so that takes quite a while to achieve the affect. With other techniques where the client wants the brush marks to be evident it takes less time for sure.
On a fairly average job, say 40 doors and drawers I can glaze and seal all in a day no problem. So that should give you some indication of the time. Eight hours equals 480 minutes divided by 40 openings which equals twelve minutes per piece - average.
From the original questioner:
We are doing a uniform color on the glaze, with a bead in all routed corners/edges to give the door a nice framed appearance (the usual glaze look). No brush marks. I have found that if I take a generic squirt bottle (the common kind you buy at finish suppliers), fill it with the glaze, and then plug the tip up 90% with a splinter of wood, you get the perfect glaze pen. So, I glaze the whole door to get the even coloration, and then go around the routed edges and put in a slight bead of glaze, followed by the necessary finger wipe to gently even it out.
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