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WellGuard Finishing System®
Wellborn’s WellGuard Finishing System® is a superb finishing process. The Stained Finishes truly display the natural beauty and characteristics of each individual wood species. The detailed hand sanding and hand rubbed processes result in a high quality finish that enhances the wood grain in each door.
The WellGuard Finishing System has been tested against 17 common household chemicals and food products and passed beautifully. Those agents include: gasoline, water, coffee, olive oil, ammonia, fly spray, detergent, soaps, alcohol, mustard, crayons, shoe polish, tea, vinegar, dye, citric acid, beet juice
24-Step Finishing Process
Wellborn takes great pride and care with the finishing of our kitchen furniture. Years of research partnered with development through Valspar have resulted in The WellGuard Finishing System®— a 24-step finishing process. Shown below are some of the key quality aspects of our finishing process which all of our stained finishes receive.
As layers of finish color and sealers are applied, hand sanding continues throughout the process ensuring the best finish in the industry. A toner may be applied depending on the stain color to equalize natural sap levels. The final step is a conversion varnish topcoat that is oven-cured creating a tough baked-on long lasting finish.
- Wellborn hand selects the finest wood to build our own doors, drawer fronts and face frames.
- Surfaces are sanded on a 20 person manual sanding line to provide a smooth consistent finish and cross grain elimination.
- Dust particles are removed and every door is quality inspected prior to finishing.
- A sap stain is applied to tone and balance the color and grain.
- A specially formulated blend of grain enhancing dye stain is applied to add color depth.
- Surfaces are hand rubbed with a wiping stain to ensure complete color coverage.
- The surfaces are air dried and inspected for color.
- The first coat of durable catalyzed sealer is applied.
- Our products are slowly oven-cured providing a tough, durable, baked-on finish.
- The surfaces are hand sanded with fine grit sandpaper and inspected for color correctness and quality.
- The second coat of catalyzed melamine enriched sealer is applied.
- Our products are oven-cured a second time.
- The surfaces are hand sanded again with a fine grit sandpaper to provide a smooth surface for the topcoat.
- Some finishes receive a shading technique.
- The surface is again hand sanded.
- The surfaces are hand wiped with a resin friendly tack cloth in preparation for final topcoat.
- Each piece is inspected for consistency of shading or glazing applications.
- A third coat of sealer is applied.
- The surfaces are hand sanded again.
- The resin blend melamine enriched topcoat is applied.
- The conversion varnish topcoat is oven cured, creating a tough, baked-on finish.
- The final product is personally quality inspected using a sheen meter to maintain a consistent gloss level.
- Each piece passes through a UV drying station to complete the curing process.
- Finished doors and wood components are stored in individual staging racks to prevent scratches.