High performance coatings are something we do a lot of and when you find a system that works well it sells itself.
We did some coating work for the Olympic Trials Pool in Omaha a few years ago and that system has proven to be very effective.
We are in the process of doing several projects this year and just completed a set of exterior stairs in the old market. They were in very bad shape and had obviously been neglected for some time.
We used an epoxy primer and an aliphatic top coat. Amerlock Sealer From Pittsburg Paints and Amershield . Both of the products are in a class all by themselves.
We spend the necessary time to prep the surface by grinding, sanding and wire brushing the surface. Then a vacuum and solvent cleaning. The surface gets one coat of a 2 component primer followed by two 2 component top coats. There is a recoat window on the finish coat that must be followed. In the mid 80’s it must be recoated within 12 hours.
The results were great. we have several more projects in the old market yet this summer!!!
The next project outside of the old market will be coating some steel at Stratcom.
Cabinet pulls, handles or knobs are something we are often asked to change or add when refinishing a set of cabinets. It is not a difficult task.
Changing out the hinges can sometimes prove to be a challenge when the old hinge was mortised into the cabinet box. This creates a large opening that must be filled and sanded smooth before new hinges can be installed. It can be time consuming to fill an entire set of cabinets but it is doable. When we are asked to fill old hinge pockets we use a two component epoxy filler. It sets extremely fast and hard but is still shapable by sanding.
Cabinet pulls are much easier to add or change. It can dramatically change the look of a set of cabinets. Especially in combination with refinishing the cabinets.
When we add cabinet pulls to drawers or cabinet doors we create a jig for the dimensions of the handle or pull the customer has picked out if we don’t already have one made.
After the jig is made it is simply a matter of lining everything up and drilling the holes. Helps to use new/sharp drill bits.
After the holes have been done we sand the area well to eliminate any fracturing or splinters around the drilled area. The holes can be done prior to or after finishing. I prefer to do them prior to help seal the drilled areas as we proceed with the cabinet finishing.