More and more homeowners are deciding to have their kitchen cabinets and bathroom vanities refinished or painted instead of completely replacing them. Or, they may like their existing cabinets and simply want to change the color or finish. The good news for painting contractors is that either reason means that there are more jobs to bid on and win.
While this is great news for painting contractors, it can also be challenging to figure out how you can competitively quote these jobs while increasing your profitability. Highly variable elements in the cabinet painting and refinishing process include the tools and techniques you use, especially in the painting and drying process. It’s in precisely this area of your “painting process” that you can greatly improve job profits.
If you can make a few tweaks to your process, you will find that you can save lots of time and increase profitability.
If your current process consists of painting only one side of your cabinet parts at a time in a horizontal position [cabinet doors and drawer fronts are lying flat on sawhorses or something else], then there is ample opportunity to improve your process and increase profits on cabinet painting and refinishing jobs.
Six Steps - Your process probably looks a lot like this:
- Place prepped cabinet parts horizontally on sawhorses, paint buckets or some other support structure.
- Spray or roll/brush paint.
- Either leave them there to dry or carefully move them somewhere else [to yet another support surface/sawhorse set up/paint bucket setup/etc].
- Turn parts over.
- Spray or roll/brush paint.
- Either leave them there to dry or carefully move them somewhere else.
^ Image by Seacoast Painting
As you can see in the images above, this method takes up lots of space AND can be quite time consuming, assembling the painting and drying areas and then breaking them down when you’re done. Solution? Invest in a PaintLine drying rack or two that you can move, re-use, and increase profit.
- Reducing the space that you need to do the job
- Decreasing the time that it takes to set-up and break down your drying station
But what if you could paint ALL sides of your cabinet parts at the same time, without having to move them to a whole new area to dry? While some stain/refinishes might not work for this, if you’re painting cabinets and vanities, there is no reason why you shouldn’t consider an “all-sides” vertical painting and drying solution.
^ Image by Armor Tough Coatings
Above left, you can see that the cabinet door is hung – using either cup hooks OR EFCs [European Fastening Clips which are easily inserted into the hinge cup holes] – to a spinner so that paint can be sprayed on all six sides of the cabinet door/part. Then, the painter simply lifts the hanger and moves it over to the drying line part of this spray/dry rack before moving on to the next cabinet door or part. Below you can see a comparison between a job site using the “old method” and one using the PaintLine ProDryingRack PSDR - a spray/dry rack :
Remember that six step process above? This process is cut to three simple steps with the spray/dry rack :
Three steps – Your process could really look like this:
- Hang cabinet part on the spinner.
- Leaving the part on its hanger, move it over to the drying line section.
And, like in our drying rack method above, you will:
- Reduce the space you need to do the job
- Decrease the time it takes to set-up and break down your drying station
Additionally, you will reduce the overall time spent on the job by painting and drying in one continuous process! Take full advantage of the latest homeowner trend of refinishing or painting cabinets and vanities by streamlining your process and increasing your profits on these jobs with the PaintLine spray/ dry rack.