What is Post-Catalyzed Conversion Varnish and why is it better?
Crown Cabinetry only uses post-catalyzed conversion varnish. Before we spray this type of finish, it is first mixed with a catalyst in-house. Its done in small individual batches because it only lasts for 8 hours. The catalyst causes a chemical reaction bonding the finish to the wood. Most cabinet shops use a bulk manufactured pre-catalyzed varnish because it's less expensive and faster for them. The pre-catalyzed finish is not as durable and deteriorates faster leading to premature failure. Using a post-catalyst varnish takes a little more time in our shop, but the results are worth it! A strong finish means that your cabinetry will look ideal for years to come.
My builder/remodeler uses paint to finish the cabinets and claims that they're really good?
There are many great painters, but a job site is not the ideal location for finishing the largest piece of furniture in your home. Job sites are filled with sawdust, dirt, and drywall particles that can land in your finish. Crown has state-of-the-art paint booths specifically designed to finish fine furniture. The booths enable us to bake on the finish to ensure hardness and durability. This simply cannot be replicated on a construction site.
Our finishes are guaranteed for 10 years. While they only require soap and water to clean, they'll withstand solvents as strong as fingernail polish remover without causing harm.