With apologies to Auburn fans, we are going to talk about "The Process"

October 27, 2016

 

Lets talk about the process of finishing.  My apologies for the title, I am sure the Auburn folks get tired of hearing about Saban and "The Process." Just know that I am from Kansas and I am neutral in that debate and can't talk. My Jayhawks lost every single game last year, ran the table! 

 

I was asked the other day, "why should we use New Life Refinishing?"  I answered the question, but didn't really explain properly.  In short, the answer is because of our process and our commitment to that process.  So let me explain.

 

Finishing is not a simple process, it really is a science.  Sure, anyone can put a coat of finish on something but to deliver high quality finishes, it takes a lot of practice, knowledge, and control of your conditions.  Above I mentioned our commitment to the process and here is a great example of that.  I was wrapping up a cabinet job some time ago and like every job, I knew how many primer/sealer coats and how many top coats make up our process.  Having a process, helps sometimes overcome our human nature to finish a little quicker, or save a little money, or insert any reason we may come up with to cut a corner.  After 1 top coat, the doors looked and felt great.  The thought came into my head that maybe the job could be considered done.  The reality was that I could have stopped at that point and our customer would have been very happy with the job and would have had no idea that we "short armed" it.  We have a process for  a reason.  We don't want the job to look good at delivery, then break down faster than normal wear and tear.  Now, for the final product on that job, it wasn't just another coat for the sake of another coat. It made a big difference.  The last bit of grain was filled in for an even slicker prettier finish.  Maybe the customer would not have noticed, but I noticed the benefit of the process and I would have known that I didn't give our customer our best finish.

 

For the sake of time and not wanting to bore you, other parts of the process include cycling through a grit sequence while sanding to minimize sanding marks.  Diligence in cleaning the surfaces to minimize the effects of contaminants causing defects in the finish.  Investing in top of the line lacquers and finishes that aren't diluted more than necessary to save money. Those are some other critical parts of the process.

 

Finally, the conditions.  They can be BRUTAL in Alabama.  The humidity, the heat, the cold are all serious obstacles to delivering the best product you can.  When you spray in 100 degree elements or humid conditions you are likely to get blush from the humidity or orange peel (uneven surface like the texture of an orange peel) from the heat drying the chemical too fast to name a couple issues.  There are "work arounds" for those conditions, but they are no substitute for controlling the conditions.  For example, you can add a bunch of retarder to slow the dry time, but when you add more solvents like retarder or thinner, you are left with less of what you are really paying for, a durable coating that is left behind after the solvents evaporate in the drying process. As part of our commitment to the process we have designed our shop to give us control over those conditions from the spray room to the drying room.  No matter what mother nature throws at us, we are able to maintain the conditions we need to finish our projects on time and with the quality we expect and our customers deserve!

 

Thanks for checking us out!  If you have any questions or would like to schedule an estimate, call us at 256-714-6664.  Or, you can schedule on our site here by hitting the "schedule now" button.  Have a great week!

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