Cabinet Doors Options made simple – Part 2

Sprayed doors
These doors go by a number of names such as two pack, polyurethane and  lacquered doors. These doors are made from MDF (medium density fibreboard) and sprayed with a chemically cured paint similar to car paint.Polyurethane is a better option than an a acid catylised lacquer and is much more resilient to solvents once fully cured. The faces and edges of the door can have a routered pattern or just plain faced with pencil round edges. The paint finish can range in gloss levels from matt(10%) , satin (30%), semi gloss (60%) to high gloss (90%).  The paint finish gives a very sleek modern appearance and shows no join seams on the edges. The paint is brittle but hard and can chip. The high gloss shows marks as does any highly polished surface. Semi gloss or satin finishes now more popular show less finger marks and are not so reflective. These doors are well suited to kitchen and bathroom installations. The price of a door 730mm x 450mm is between $85-150 per door depending on the routing and finish. The high gloss being at the more expensive end of the range. Smartpack offers a number of standard polyurethane doors  click here


Veneer doors
Veneer doors are made from pre-veneered board which is then cut and edged and sprayed with clear polyurethane in a satin finish. The classical modern look has never been outdated in the last 60 years and gives that Danish or swedish design look with the warmth of timber. The advantage of this door is that one gets the real timber grain feel to the door without the expense of solid timber doors and still has a modern look as against the colonial or country look of solid timber doors (a result mainly of the construction). The door can be repaired by sanding and re-coating if damaged.The door can be made in a large range of natural timbers but one must be aware that the natural variation in the veneer from sheet to sheet from which the doors are cut. Depending on the type of veneer this can be quite obvious when installing a complete kitchen. A new type of restacked veneer has been developed to overcome this incnsistancy and is slightly more expensive but the result of using this Smartveneer or restructured or reconstituted veneer is a very consistent colour and grain throughout the kitchen or wardrobe. The cost of an average door 730mm x 450mm is between A$70-150 per door. The cheaper end of the scale would be the tasmanian oak or pacific mapl

e natural veneers, then the more exotic timbers to the restructured veneer doors.


Timber doors
This is the more traditional style of door and has become increasingly more expensive as the exotic timbers have become more rare. These doors are hard wearing and can be repaired if damaged. After a number of years the doors can be re-sanded and re-lacquered to look like new. The doors have a number of different styles and moldings but mostly have a federation ,colonial , country style or shaker appearance. The doors need to be lacquered to protect them from moisture and grease. Oiling them is an option although not recommended in an hygienic kitchen environment. The doors can also be painted for the provincial look. The approximate price of the finished door 730mm x 450mm is between $150- 250 depending on the type timber used. Matching panels for these doors are generally made in a matching veneer as the large flat pieces of timber are not available or tend to warp.


Acrylic on board doors or High Gloss melamine door
This product branded UltraGlaze is a polymer with an ultra high gloss acrylic top layer. The sheet is then glued to a MDF zero emmission (E0) board and sold in sheets. Doors are then cut from the sheet and edged in matching edging or aluminium coloured edging. The result is a fantastic gloss front for kitchens and wardrobes and similar price to high gloss polyurethane . A 730mm  x 450mm door priced between $120-$150 depending on the edging options. 
A melamine high gloss product called Designer Gloss  with a high gloss acrylic product applied to the melamine face gives a similar effect and is about 20% cheaper. 
Doors comes with a protective film which is removed after installation. The doors are flat profile only as against a high gloss polyurethane door which can have a face pattern or profile.  The acrylic can scratch but can be polished out with a rubbing compound and a microfibre cloth or a very clean buffing wheel. There is absolutely no telegraphing in the acrylic extruded surface. Telegraphing is the effect where you see the ripples in the board surface through the painted polyurethane face in a painted door finish. Slight bowing can occur in large doors when temperatures and humidity changes significantly but will return to the original position once the temperature and humidity returns to usual levels.
The high gloss flat door gives an ultra modern look to a kitchen or robe with the right spashback and benchtop. 

PLEASE NOTE: It should be noted that all doors to a greater or lesser extent are all affected by water and excessive heat which will destroy the doors. If the doors are looked after and maintained they will last the  lifetime of the kitchen. Do not clean any of the doors with an abrasive cleaner. A simple wipe with a mild detergent will do the job. All doors should not be wider than 600mm otherwise it will bend the hinges and make sure that there are enough hinges to support the door. As a minimum use 2 hinges up to 900mm, 3 hinges up to 2100mm and 4 hinges for doors up to 2400mm. heavier thicker doors than 18mm might use more hinges.

All these doors are available as options to the Smartpack product range and also available from other kitchen suppliers.



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2 Responses to Cabinet Doors Options made simple – Part 2

  1. Marian borg says:

    I have American oak limed kitchen doors in my kitchen, I would like to have them turned white,can this be done, in polyurethane.

    • Hi Marian,
      Yes this can be done but is quite expensive to do it professionally and the old poly must be throughly sanded and then can be sprayed over. Please call the showroom in Stanmore for cheaper alternatives. a New white poly door would be cheaper.

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