DuraKraft™ Finishing Process

All KraftMaid wood doors and drawer fronts receive KraftMaid’s 14-step finishing process, resulting in one of the finest finishes in the industry. From the initial sanding to the final finish application, each piece of cabinetry is made to your exact specifications by our skilled craftsmen.

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    KraftMaid selects only the finest Oak, Cherry, Hickory, Maple and Birch. Skilled craftsmen hand-sand all surfaces to a progressively smooth finish.

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    After sanding, we vacuum all surfaces to eliminate dust particles.

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    We apply equalizer stains, which balance the base color of the wood.

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    We then apply toner, which establishes consistent color uniformity.

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    A deep penetrating stain is hand-applied to reveal the hidden beauty of the grain.

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    All stained surfaces are then evenly hand-rubbed and wiped clean of excess stain.

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    To complete the Old World technique of hand staining, the product is slowly air-dried.

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    Craftsmen then hand-apply flyspeck distressing to selected finishes requiring this furniture look.

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    KraftMaid’s specially formulated hi-solids wood sealer is pressure applied, penetrating all exposed wood surfaces for uniform protection.

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    Sealed product is placed in specially designed high-temperature ovens to ensure a thorough cure.

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    All surfaces are again hand-sanded, providing a smooth, consistent surface to accept topcoat.

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    We then apply an environmentally-safe catalyzed topcoat. This custom finish provides maximum resistance to scuffing, dents, moisture, UV fade and household chemicals or agents.

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    Top-coated pieces are cured in a 150-degree oven, creating a smooth, baked-on surface, comparable to the finishes applied to automobiles and major household appliances.

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    Each cabinet is inspected and hand-polished, assuring the quality that earned us a #1 in customer satisfaction ranking from J.D. Power and Associates.

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It becomes tough. Very, very tough.

KraftMaid employed a recognized finish testing laboratory to test the DuraKraft finish for resistance to common household chemicals and agents. Three cc’s of each agent were applied to the DuraKraft finish test door and covered for a period of 24 hours. The result? DuraKraft exceeds all specifications required by the Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers Association (ANSI/KCMA A161.1-1995).

In addition to chemical testing, DuraKraft was also tested for resistance to extreme temperatures and was found to withstand temperatures below -5°F and above 120°F.

Test Ratings and Definitions

Unaffected
No color or surface texture change.
Gasoline, Water, Fingernail polish remover, Acetone, Moth spray, Fly spray, Household soaps, Soapless detergent, Olive oil, Coffee, Citric acid solution (10%), Mustard, Wax crayon, Urea (6.6%), Tea, Beet juice, Vinegar, Bluing, Ink (washable), Mercurochrome solution, Lysol (5% phenol solution)
Superficial
Stains easily removed by a light application of mild abrasive.
Alcohol (ethyl, methyl), Shoe polish, Dye
Moderate
Stains produce slight discoloration. No appreciable surface texture change.
Household ammonia solution
Considerable
Stains not easily removed. May result in surface etching.
None
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