I am considering getting the Pivot Pro cabinet door system. Does anyone have real world experience to share about this?
From contributor J:
I have the system and use it every time I spray doors. It's a good method for handling doors, but certainly not a perfect method, particularly if you're cramped for space like I am. I would probably buy it again, especially if I had a larger finishing area.
Obviously its strongest point is that you can spray both sides of the door and hang it without ever touching the door. I really like having the door on the hinges and rod when I'm staining. It helps me keep fingerprints and smudges off the doors because the rod serves as a handle.
One negative is that it takes a few minutes to attach those hinges. They attach with 3" drywall screws. I think the idea was to use one of the screw holes from a screw-on euro hinge layout. The problem with that is the drywall screw makes the hole too large for mounting the hinge later. I drill another hole that will be concealed under the hinge when it's installed. You can also drill your euro hinge holes after you finish the doors, which eliminates the Pivot Pro hinge hole completely.
The vertical drying racks are nice, but only hold 24 doors. They have a 4'x4' footprint, which is a lot of space in my small shop, particularly for only 24 doors. Actually, 2 racks for 24 doors is best, since you can keep better track of where you are in the job by taking the doors off one rack, spraying them and placing them on another rack. Nearly all my cabinet jobs have more doors than that, so the need for space grows even more. I spray MLC Magnamax which is recommended to go on 3-6 mils wet.
Maybe it's bad technique on my part, but I can't hang a door vertically with that much material right away without it sagging. I have to set the doors aside and let them flash off for a few minutes before I can hang them. Obviously, that's handling them twice, but it's better than spraying the front, setting aside and then spraying the back. I also have to barely touch one edge to set the door that way, so I guess technically I don't spray them without ever touching the door. That's never been a real problem.
If I had the space and the bucks, I'd set up for 48 doors by getting two frames, and three drying racks. This way I could spray one door and let it sit on the frame and flash off while I spray a second door. Then take the first door to the rack. Alternating that way, I think the system would work extremely well. That's also about $2K. Pretty big investment, but down range, I think worth it.