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Question DetailsAsked on 3/22/2012

How smooth should the custom paint job be on on custom cabinetry? Specifically, the tops and edges of doors and drawers and under cabinets

We are doing custom cabinets in our kitchen. The current state of the paint is rough to the touch on many edges of the doors and drawers. Additionally, it is very rough to the touch on the inch or so of exposed wood behind the face of the cabinets. We are having problems figuring out what is truly reasonable and what is not.

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The edges of doors and drawers should be as smooth as the front - sounds like they did not sand them or they painted the edges first, which is standard, then the front, but did not go back and clean up the overlap onto the edges afterward, leaving lumps and ridges of finish. Must have been using a brush rather then spray. This is sloppy work and not up to par for custom painting.

All the trim should be sanded and painted smooth on all exposed faces - the underside of the front edge of the cabinet is questionable - a really professional outfit sands and paints that too so any drips that run down the front do not soak in there and cause swelling, but as it is not a visible surface, you might have trouble arguing roughness is a problem for floor-mounted cabinets.

When you say it is very rough to the touch on the inch or so of exposed wood behind the face of the cabinets, I am not sure where you are talking. If the inside face of doors and drawer fronts, those should be sanded and finished. If the facing trim or side panel, ditto. I suspect you are talking the bottom edge of the side panels - particle board or plywood, probably. This should be finished to stop absorption of face drips, but as for sanding and roughness, one could argue either way. That is an area I would compromise on if it was not specified up front to be sanded, though it should be finished.

Simple answer - Basically, anywhere you see or touch should be finished.

Answered 6 years ago by LCD

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