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adjusting cabinet color


I just finished and installed a set of cherry cabinets. I used a dye stain than stained with regular stain I have a couple of cabinets that came out a little lighter.I can darken them by rubbing a little stain over them I am talking about the frames not the doors they are OK. My question is is there anything in a aerosol that i can spray over my pre-cat lacquer or is my only choice to brush my pre-cat on over my stain. I can't use my spray gun in the house. Thanks

11/17/15       #2: adjusting cabinet color ...
jonmcay Member

Mohawk has spray aerosols that I always used to get the color I want. The problem is this is best done at the shop. There is a smell factor with using aerosols in the house.

11/17/15       #3: adjusting cabinet color ...

+1 on the Mohawk
They have various toners you can choose from.
If it's just small areas,I wouldn't worry about the smell
Just open a door/window
Aerosol spray evaporate pretty fast
I have Used Mohawk spray can many times and works very well

11/18/15       #4: adjusting cabinet color ...

If you have never used a spray toner, practice first. You don't get a second chance to correct color matching at this stage of the game.....if you can, duplicate what you have now with another door.

11/18/15       #5: adjusting cabinet color ...

Sorry I didn't make myself clear I can get my color toned in right by staining back over my cabinet what I was asking is is there any thing in a clear finish I can use for a top coat over my Pre-cat lacquer. Over night I thought about buying me one of those air brush spray guns and put my lacquer in it. I can't bring my regular spray gun in the house.

11/18/15       #6: adjusting cabinet color ...
Paul Snyder  Member


You could get a portable spray set-up if it's something you can use enough to justify the expense. HVLP turbine sprayers are handy for this application.

In a real pinch another option is the Preval aerosol spray bottle set-up. Pour your own finish/paint into the bottle along with a little extra thinner and attach it to the aerosol can. They sell them at your local home centers and paint stores. It's a good idea to have extra aerosol cans just in case.

Be careful not to exceed the maximum dry film thickness (DFT) for the pre-cat your using. If the finish gets too thick it will crack within the first 1-2 years.

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11/18/15       #7: adjusting cabinet color ...
Rick Mosher

Mohawk also has precatalyzed lacquer in different sheens in aerosol cans. I have also used the preval sprayers but you have to really thin down the material to keep them from spitting and that can effect the sheen.

Mohawk precatalyzed aerosols.

11/18/15       #8: adjusting cabinet color ...

Rick you beat me to it!
The preval are nice but you do need to thin pretty good
They suggest at least 20%
Mohawk precat aerosols are very nice
Dries fast and turns out real nice
If you are worry about smell/voc,I use my Festool.or Fein vacuum with HEPA filter and suck up over spray
You could also get a low cfm spray gun and a small compressor
Or get a turbine system

11/18/15       #9: adjusting cabinet color ...
Rick Mosher

For small areas I have also used my airbrush with either an air power pack or a CO2 canister set up with regulators.

11/18/15       #10: adjusting cabinet color ...

Thanks guys this is real helpful I am getting right on it.

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