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Is conversion varnish worth the extra buck?

Angelina Thomas
13 days ago

Hi all. My head is spinning with all the topics on top coats for kitchen cabinets. One thing that everyone seems to agree on is that pre-cat lacquer eventually yellows white pained cabinets and becomes brittle with time.


My cabinet maker is offering conversion varnish finish, which is about $8,000 more than pre-cat lacquer. Another cabinet maker said that he would never use conversion varnish as it goes on super thick and does not look good; plus, if scratched, it leaves a very noticeable mark. Third cabinet maker uses strictly water based polyurethane.


I am confused more than ever. Spending over $40k on cabinets I want to make sure that I pick the best option for my kitchen to last.


Any input and experience from all is truly appreciated.

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