Choices of Cabinet Door Finish

Choices of Cabinet Door Finish

The choices of cabinet door finish


The choice of cabinet door finish can affect the cabinet's color, sheen (from satin to gloss), and feel. And there are many choices for the cabinets.

High pressure laminates or (HPL) are made from resin and paper components under high pressure; in contrast, ordinary wood does not sustain such pressures, and can be crushed to less than half its natural thickness in a hand operated arbor press. In effect, the HPL has been dented in advance. HPL can be decorated in any pattern and is applied using contact cement and pressed in place. It is cut slightly larger than the panel on which it is to be installed and trimmed using a router-like laminate trimmer along the edge. It may also be filed to obtain the final edge. While HPL became prevalent in the twentieth century, since the 1970s the trend has been away from HPL in favor of wood.

Melamine is a coating which is normally used in carcases. Its unique white-in-color chemical formulation help prevent damage by chemicals and gives it impact resistance comparable to HPL. Melamine coated boards are widely available in home centers for purposes such as shelving. Also wood grain melamine sometimes to be used for the cabinet doors.

Thermofoil or PVC finishing is a plastic coating laminate applied to furniture-board. It is typically applied to boards which have been milled, shaped, or routed into a complex profile. While thermofoil can have a unique glossy sheen and have strength and impact resistance almost as much as HPL. PVC finishing has so many advantages: termite and water proof, fire retardant free maintenance ,simple installation, economical, Highly durable, flexible customizing options.

Paint can be used over cabinets where desired. Paint is considered traditional. Many consider brush strokes in the finish to be attractive.