Lacquered kitchens create vivid environments. Matt or super matt lacquered kitchens stand out for their elegance and are ideal when combined with elements in wood. Metallic lacquers offer finishes that reflect the latest trends in home furnishing.
What is Lacquer?
Lacquer is medium density fibreboard panel entirely finished with a polyester paint and a polyurethane top coat that create a total and homogenous surface.
Types of Lacquer
- Glossy Lacquer: polished to reflect light like a mirror and brighten any space
- Matt Lacquer: the elegance of this non-glossy colour finish is timeless and often used to introduce movement by introducing colour in wood kitchens
- Metal Effect Lacquer: this surface lacquer, containing particles of real metals, is hand scratched and successively protected by a transparent top coat to obtain a metallic look, one of the latest trends in the furnishing industry; Doimo Cucine, for example, proposes metal effect lacquers in iridium, brass, copper and titanium.
- Metallized Lacquer: the door panel is sprayed with a metallic paint that creates a resistant finish. Doimo Cucine, for example, offers four options in pink gold, gold, zinc and nickel.
- Satin Lacquer: polyester support painted with a polyurethane based coat finish on edges and surfaces. Front face finished in acrylic paint containing metallic components, brushed to obtain a satin finish, with a matt lacquer finish on the interior face.
Characteristics of Lacquered Panels
Lacquer is used in the kitchen industry primarily for fronts, shelves and panels. Lacquer finishes are:
- stain resistant when cleaned immediately
- available in numerous colours
- subject to colour variations when over exposed to direct sunlight
- prone to a loss in brilliance in glossy and metallic finishes or, on the contrary, to the acquisition of brightness in matt and super matt finishes when rubbed excessively during cleaning
- applied to raw panels with minimum formaldehyde emissions (class E1, UNI EN 13986/2005)
How to Clean a Lacquered Kitchen
Lacquered fronts should be cleaned using a soft damp cloth, rinsed and dried carefully. Stains should be removed quickly to ensure they do not penetrate into the layers of lacquer which can cause permanent halos. Only glossy lacquers can be cleaned using a cloth and glass cleaners or neutral soap; in all cases, we recommend testing new products on inner surfaces before cleaning exposed surfaces. When lacquer is used for horizontal surfaces, such as shelves, always place trivets under hot objects.
Avoid the use of:
- abrasive sponges
- scouring pads
- abrasive products
- powder detersives
- alcohol or alcohol based products