Merillat Masterpiece®: 14-Step Finishing Process

  1. Merillat selects only the finest Oak, Cherry, Hickory, Maple, and Pine. All surfaces are progressively sanded smooth, starting with #120 grit sandpaper, and finishing with #220 grit sandpaper.
  2. After sanding, surfaces are vacuumed to eliminate all dust particles.
  3. Equalizer stains are simultaneously applied to balance the base color of the wood.
  4. Toner is then applied to establish consistent color uniformity.
  5. A deep penetrating stain is applied to reveal the hidden beauty of the grain.
  6. All stained surfaces are then evenly hand-rubbed and wiped clean of excess stain.
  7. To complete the Old World technique of hand staining, the product is slowly air-dried.
  8. Flyspeck distressing is hand-applied to selected finishes requiring this furniture look.
  9. Merillat's specially formulated hi-solids wood sealer is pressure applied, penetrating all exposed wood surfaces for uniform protection.
  10. Sealed product is placed in specially designed high-temperature ovens to ensure a complete, thorough cure.
  11. All surfaces are again hand-sanded, providing a smooth, consistent surface to accept topcoat.
  12. An environmentally safe catalyzed topcoat, specially formulated to include the dual combination of clear resin chemistry and ultraviolet screen inhibitors, is applied. This custom finish provides maximum resistance to scuffing, dents, moisture, UV fade and household chemicals or agents.
  13. Top coated product is then cured in a 150-degree oven, creating a baked-on, full bodied, smooth surface, comparable to high-baked finishes generally applied to automobiles and major household appliances.
  14. Before shipping, each cabinet is inspected and polished, assuring a finished product of the quality that Merillat expects and our customers demand.
14-Step Finishing