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How Holiday Kitchens Creates Their Fabulous Finish

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Holiday Kitchens’ Master Finish provides excellent resistance to scuffing, dents, moisture and household chemicals. Their combination of hand-wiped stain application, high-tech sealer and topcoat application, state-of-the-art ovens and specially formulated materials creates a fabulous finish.

The finish process starts well before the application of the stain or paint.

  1. Holiday Kitchens selects only the finest wood and veneer materials.
  2. All surfaces are prepared, starting with rough lumber in the mill and finishing with final sanding.
  3. After sanding, all surfaces are blown free of dust before entering the pressurized finishing area to insure a smooth surface.
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Wipe Stains

Wipe stains are deep-penetrating alkyd-base stains, applied and hand-wiped.

  • Wipe stains are hand-rubbed and wiped clean to emphasize natural highlights and grain patterns.

Pre-Stain/Wipe Stains

To even out any irregularities in the wood surface, some darker stain colors get a pre-stain operation before the wipe stain.

  • After pre-staining, the product is wipe-stained as described above.

Spray/No-Wipe Stains

  • Spray/no-wipe stains create a consistent, uniform look.
  • Because this is a non-penetrating finish application, less grain will be visible.

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  1. To assure proper adhesion of the sealer and final coats, all stained product is air dried, then placed into ovens for thorough curing.
  2. A high-solids catalyzed wood sealer is applied, penetrating and sealing all wood surfaces. 
  3. Sealed products are cycled through controlled ovens to assure a complete, thorough cure.Holiday Kitchens
  4. Next, all surfaces are seal-sanded to create a surface that will accept the topcoat with maximum adhesion.
  5. All surfaces are blown free of sanding dust to ensure a clean, smooth topcoat.Holiday Kitchens
  6. After seal-sanding, a high-solids catalyzed topcoat is applied. Topcoat is available in multiple sheen levels -- flat, matte, standard, and high sheen.
  7. Top-coated product is then cured in ovens to produce a baked-on finish that will last for years.


Holiday Kitchens opaque finishes get created following the procedures outlined above for stains, with the following modifications.

  1. Before entering the finishing area, edges of profiles and panels are filled and sanded.
  2. Painted finishes get two coats of a high-solids catalyzed wood primer. Primer is uniformly applied, penetrating and sealing all exposed wood surfaces.
  3. For painted finishes without glaze or other artistry treatments, final topcoat is a high-solids catalyzed pigmented topcoat.
  4. For painted finishes with glaze or artistry treatments, the final topcoat is a high-solids, clear catalyzed topcoat. (the same applied to stains)


  • Glazes leave hang-up of color in crevasses and the deeper grain lines in the wood.
  • For stained products, glaze options are applied after the sealer coat, then locked in with topcoat.
  • For painted products, glaze is applied after the second primer coat, then top-coated.