In Part One of this look at Gloss kitchen finish materials and options, I covered the high quality but less expensive kitchen materials, Foil wrap (also known as Vinyl wrap kitchens) and Laminate kitchens. In the second part of this post I will explain the properties of gloss Acrylic, Lacquer and Glass kitchen materials and what sets these apart as more distinguished and luxurious kitchen finishes. I will also look at the benefits of blending different finishes within one design:-
Gloss acrylic kitchen finishes
If purchasing an acrylic kitchen it is essential to first establish which type of acrylic kitchen door you are buying, as there are two types, and they differ significantly!
Solid acrylic doors such as Parapan® are described as solid because they are composed entirely of 18mm thick acrylic all the way through. Because of this they are the more expensive acrylic kitchen option but produce an even colour, with a smooth and highly reflective finish, comparable with the gloss lacquer kitchen. Solid acrylic kitchens are also very hardwearing, stain resistant and non-porous. They are easy to wipe clean but a non-abrasive cleaning agent is essential as the acrylic surface can be susceptible to scratches. Should this occur the good news is that acrylic is easily repairable and scratches can be buffed out. The other option for acrylic kitchens is acrylic faced doors. These are produced by bonding acrylic to an MDF board which is then sealed at the edges. The acrylic faced door is a much less expensive option but the quality is also less, meaning they are more difficult to maintain; the doors can sometimes prove soft, making them prone to damage if not handled with due care.
Gloss lacquer kitchen finishes
Gloss lacquer kitchens are manufactured and finished to an extremely high standard. Similar to kitchen laminates and acrylics they have an MDF core but it is the finish process that really sets the gloss lacquer kitchen apart. This is a repeated spray lacquer process, coating the lacquer over an initial primer which has been smoothed, sealed and filled.
The spray lacquering gradually builds up a deep and very even coating of the lacquer colour. The end result is an ultra-smooth door surface with a clear and highly reflective gloss kitchen finish. The multi-layering process, all-side setting, and jointless lacquering provides a surface which is optimally protected against moisture, highly resistant to chemicals, and which can withstand any amount of wear and tear.
Carried out by sophisticated machinery, it is the labour-intensive, lengthy process it undergoes that makes the gloss lacquer kitchen door a more expensive option than laminate or foil wrap doors. However it is this same process that also ensures an extremely high quality durable door with a stunning and consistent surface finish, and a deep and clear reflection. Dark colours are also available within this type of finish, rich in tone, and exuding the same impressive glossy lustre.
High gloss lacquer door edge options
As with other styles, it is not a case of one-size-fits-all when it comes to choosing the finish edging on your gloss lacquer doors. High gloss lacquer kitchen doors are available with all sides in either high gloss lacquer or high gloss laminate, edges with or without visible gloss sides, a high gloss lacquer with softly rounded edges, or of course in the new laser edge kitchen finish. Within this type of edging all sides of the kitchen door are fused with a laser for a high standard of quality and hygiene, and a near seamless appearance.
Gloss glass kitchen finishesThe ultimate gloss surface material for distinguished elegance within the home is the gloss glass kitchen finish. This door has a deep and highly reflective surface quality, similar to that of a mirror.
Exquisite in appearance it is ideal for contemporary and stunning kitchen designs, with the surface reflecting the maximum amount of light back across the kitchen for a bright and opulent setting. The glass is produced from toughened safety glass ensuring that as well as a high quality, smooth and flawless look, it also has a scratch resistant and durable surface. In contrary to its elegantly delicate look, a gloss glass kitchen finish is remarkably robust and can withstand the everyday knocks, scrapes and bumps that kitchens are frequently subject to.
Gloss Glass kitchen edges
Similar to the laminate and lacquer kitchen finishes the gloss glass kitchen doors are also available in a choice of colours and edges, such as softly rounded edges, or softly rounded all around. Alternatively you might choose a metallic finish containing ground aluminium particles for an alluring metallic sparkle feature across both the door’s surface and edging.
Why not mix and match your kitchen finishes?
The appeal of the high gloss kitchen finish is its bright, modern and easy-to-clean surface with appealing glossy lustre. Yet as described, a gloss kitchen door’s appearance and qualities vary significantly depending on the finish material.
So if you still can’t make up your mind, or if your budget won’t allow a top of the range finish throughout the entirety of your kitchen, or perhaps if your cooking needs dictate one material is better placed within a specific kitchen site over another, then why not combine different finishes within your design? Different finishes can be successfully blended; it’s just a case of knowing how, and any skilled designer can assist with this. For example, you could combine gloss laminate base units with gloss lacquer wall units; At its elevated position the gloss lacquer door would receive more light than the lower-level gloss base units, and its more sophisticated manufacture process will ensure it exudes a more impressive, deeper surface reflection as a result.
For further assistance in how to successfully combine different kitchen finishes, or for information on any of our gloss or matt kitchen ranges and doors, please don’t hesitate to Contact us.