Colourtones are opaque finishes, similar in appearance to paint. The coatings are pigmented basecoats that must be catalyzed prior to application. Air-assisted, airless spray equipment is utilized to apply these coatings.
Colourtones have a high solids content, resulting in better build and lower VOC emissions. These finishes are very durable and resistant to moisture.
Specific species and grades are available with Colourtone coatings, including Paint Grade Hard Maple. Characteristics common to some species, such as pitch pockets in Cherry, will be present in finished products. Call our office for specie, finish and glaze availability.
All Colourtone finishes will receive a 15° topcoat.
We do not recommend applying Colourtones over plywood products due to checking and seam separation that can occur on the surface of the veneer. Changes within the veneer itself can give the appearance of cracking within the coating. Veneer checking is an inherent plywood characteristic and is not warranted.
Because Colourtones contain a high percentage of solids, certain characteristics such as joint fracturing will occur. Hairline cracks typically develop along joints on the face, back and edge profiles, and can occur during normal handling or from the expansion and contraction of wood. Joint fracturing is not considered to be a defect.
Colourtone products are placed on drying racks after the coating application process. Small indentations or pin marks from drying racks will appear on the backs of Colourtone products and are not considered defects.
Because the individual staves of the panel continue to contract and expand, lines may appear on solid wood panels and offsets may develop from one stave to another. These will not be considered defective.
Colourtones may vary slightly from one batch to another, but will remain within a controlled color range.
Minor flaws such as dust particles, dimples and lint are more apparent with opaque finishes than with wiping stains. The presence of small amounts of these defects will be considered acceptable.
Coatings containing high solids are susceptible to bridging between the framing and center panel. Bridging occurs when the coating material joins the two separate surfaces together. This condition is common between multiple component products and is not considered defective. Over time, the natural expansion and contraction of wood may cause this bridging to fracture.
As with most finishes, Colourtone colors will change over time due to exposure to light, pollution and chemicals. Additions or replacements to existing kitchens may not initially match finished products already in place.
All of our products carry a one-year limited warranty against faulty workmanship and materials.
Customers interested in purchasing Colourtone finishing materials through the Duraguard® program should contact our office for more information.
When purchasing multiple containers of loose Colourtone coating material, mix the contents of like finishes together prior to adding catalyst to achieve a consistent overall color.
Catalyst must be added to all Colourtone finishes prior to application. The catalyzation process results in both a limited pot life and a recoat window. Mixture and application instructions will be provided with the purchase of loose Colourtone finishing materials through the Duraguard® program.
We assume no responsibility for incorrect application of Duraguard® materials by customers, which may result in poor adhesion, color match or other finish related failures.
We recommend that any topcoat other than Duraguard® products be tested prior to application. We will not warrant products that fail due to non-compatible topcoat materials.
Colortones With Glazes
Glazed treatments offer a distinctive appearance, significantly altering the base Colourtone color. The random nature of the glazing option ensures slight variations from one product to the next, giving a unique look to the finished kitchens.
Colourtones receiving the glazed option will have slight inconsistencies in appearance. Variations, however slight, are inherent to this finish combination. To successfully market this product, education of your personnel must take place. We will not offer no charge replacements for any of the reasons previously listed.
Characteristics of glazed finishes include variations in:
- Glaze “hang”, with noticeable variations on edge profiles, panel raises and applied mouldings.
- Absorption into end grain on framing and panel raises.
- Appearance of blotches and rag marks.
- Highlighting of machined areas, which normally do not appear with typical wiping stains or base Colourtone colors.
- Glazed Colourtones will remain within a controlled range of color, however, individual pieces will vary slightly.
As with any Colourtone product, we do not recommend ordering plywood panel doors or other veneered products due the inherent cracking and checking that takes place in veneers. Veneer checking will not be considered a finishing defect.
Use of glazes on mitered and applied moulding products will greatly enhance any offset that may be present in the joint construction.Colourtones receiving the glazed option will have slight inconsistencies in appearance. Variations, however slight, are inherent to this finish combination. We will not offer replacements for any of the reasons previously listed.
MDF doors finished with Colourtones and glaze will have noticeable variations in glaze hand and absorption on profiled areas. Machined areas may contain small pinholes that are highlighted by the glaze and willnot be considered defects.
Colortones with Brushed Glazed Effect Colourtones with a brushed glaze effect offer the classic look of a painted basecoat and glaze; this glaze treatment appears to have been applied with a paintbrush. Simulated brush stokes in the glaze have been achieved using a precise sanding process prior to the glaze application. This finishing technique utilizes identical materials as our Colourtone and heirloom lines, offering similar durability and moisture resistance.
As with most glazed finishes, the brushed glaze process significantly alters the tone of the base color. Full sized samples of the actual door design should be obtained before placing an entire kitchen order.
The etched surface, created during the sanding process, provides a unique appearance on each product, and will vary from one surface to the next and one product to the next. These differences can be magnified by the product design and are not considered to be defective.
The simulated brush strokes will either stop short of, or overlap the frame joints on both mortise & tenon and mitered designs. Scratch patterns that stop short of the joint, or overlap the joint help to create an imperfect, but authentic appearance and are not considered defective. This same condition will be apparent on each profiled corner of a panel raise or one-piece drawer front.
The amount of glaze hang is directly dependent on the degree and direction of the pre-glaze sanding. Individual products within an order will vary in appearance. These variations are not considered defective.
The brushed glaze effect possesses the same characteristics as those outlined in the Colourtones with Glazes link.