Painted Wood Cabinets
WOOD IS A NATURAL PRODUCT
Please be aware that wood expands and contracts. This natural process, occurring on painted cabinetry - such as JSI's Wheaton kitchen and vanity and Danbury vanity lines - will create open joints in the painted finish. An open joint line is not considered a defect and it is widely accepted in the kitchen cabinetry industry. The finish will still protect the surface, and the structural integrity of the joint will not be affected. These issues are shared by every manufacturer of painted all wood cabinets, and are not unique to JSI or Gran Tierra cabinet lines.
Wood may expand and contract differently from cabinet to cabinet. Even joints within the same cabinet may behave differently. Some joined wood may not show any joint lines, others may be slightly visible, while others may display easily visible joint lines.
Joint lines also may occur due to the repeated impacts from normal everyday use.
An exposed open wood joint can be damaged from prolonged exposure to water or heavy moisture. Therefore, wipe off any excess moisture from cabinet surfaces as soon as possible.
All paints, especially lighter colors, are susceptible to discoloration due to airborne particles such as cooking, grilling, tobacco smoke, fireplaces or candles. Prolonged exposure to natural or artificial light may alter the finish color. Moisture may also discolor the finish.
It is extremely important that all base cabinets are perfectly squared during installation for proper drawer alignment. This should be verified prior to countertop installation.
The images on computer monitors may vary. We advise that you order a sample door to ensure that you are getting the color and finish you want.
Stained Wood Cabinets
Solid wood will expand or contract with changes in temperature and humidity. Such conditions are not indicative of faulty materials or craftsmanship. In the winter, when temperatures fall or when humidity levels are low, contraction may cause a narrow unfinished line to appear on wooden cabinets. To blend these lines into the finished wood, apply pigmented furniture polish. Touch-up kits are available for purchase through JSI.
Maintaining a consistent color is a common challenge in any industry using real wood because wood is a natural product that has inherently different colors. It is important to recognize these character differences and understand that every product made from real wood will vary slightly from cabinet to cabinet and even within a cabinet door or component.
THE EFFECTS OF EXPOSURE TO LIGHT
Exposure to light will change the color of real wood in a very short period of time. When purchasing any wood product, it is important to understand that the sample or display you are making your selection from may be aged. Therefore, it will represent what your cabinets will look like in time, and will not represent what they will look like when factory new. Conversely, a freshly produced sample will match more closely your freshly produced cabinets, but will not represent the way they look when aged.
Like all carpentry projects, a good understanding of wood working is required to successfully install your cabinets.