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What Questions Should You Ask Your Kitchen Cabinet Painter?

When it comes time to refinish your kitchen cabinets, you will need to do some research in order to find the best contractor for the job.

Of course, there are countless local contractors. How do you know which pro is the best one for the job? To help you in your search, we have compiled a list of questions to help you sort through the competition.

Are cabinets your speciality?

This may seem like a strange question, but painting cabinets requires niche skills and lots of experience. Not all painters have the background or tools required to tackle the job.

Cabinet painting can be done by rolling and brushing, or spraying. If the painter is not familiar with the proper steps, the results may lack that factory finished look. However, a painter who refinishes cabinets on a regular basis will be able to transform your cabinets.

What is your process?

Asking your contractor about the steps that they take will help you understand their process. Your contractor should be able to tell you their step by step process. And if this does not include proper preparation, move on from that contractor!

A properly prepped surface will be cleaned, sanded and then primed. Adding a primer layer is key. Without it, the final coats will not adhere correctly, and the grain of the wood will begin to show through. Plus, without primer your top coat will not hold up to wear and tear.

Do you have samples of your work?

A quality pro will be willing to provide sample boards of their work. Sample boards will show you the skill level of the potential painter. Plus, you can compare samples from different painters.

This is a quick, tangible way to gauge the skill level of your potential contractor.

Can you provide references?

A good referral goes a long way! Ask potential contractors if they have any referrals who would be willing to share their experience. You can also go online and check out places like The Better Business Bureau and Google Reviews. Both are reputable review sources.

Photos are another great way to both gather inspiration and see some of their previous work. Check out your potential painter’s Facebook page for photos of current projects!

Are you fully licensed and insured?

This is a question that homeowners often forget about, but is incredibly important to ask. Not all contractors are licensed and insured. A committed contractor will take steps to protect their team, and your home against accidents with liability insurance.

By verifying that your painter has taken the proper legal steps, you can be assured that they care about the wellbeing of their team, and your home.

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Clean Lines Painting has been serving New Jersey since 2003. We have a dedicated crew who has been educated in the painting industry and fully trained in kitchen cabinet restoration. Our quality speaks for itself and we are proud to be New Jersey’s painter of choice. Not only for cabinet painting, but for all interior and exterior projects, along with our commercial division. We stand behind our work. Schedule your estimate today.

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