The cabinets are back frm paint and there is good news and bad news. I guess the good news first... the water baed automotve paint worked extremely well. It has a great finish and seems to have adhered very well. The color is actually a Turquoise, Don still hasn't decided on grill cloth, we've looked at white, black and grey, possibly even looking for a pattern or something with some accents of some kind.
The bad news... I was worried about sending the cabinets in without priming them first. We spoke with the painter and told him, if there were any issues that come to light after primeing call and we'll take care of them. Well, there were a few issues and no, they didn't call, they just painted right over them
Aside from the seams not being 100% perfect, it would appear they didn't do a very good job of wiping the cabinets downwith a tack rag before spraying. In cetain areas , there are very small bits of debris in some places, pretty frustrating. In a couple of spots , it almost would appear they bumped the wet paint with something. If hey had spent a bit more time , or called us after priming, the paint could have been much better. given that, the paint still looks very god, just there are some areas which obviously needed some more atentin
Rich, I'd say as long as yu use a poainter who'll pay a little more attention to detail, you have absolutely nothing to worry about using the water based automotive paint. Like i said above, the finish is actually gorgeous, the issues are with the care taken with final prep and possibly right after the paint was appliied..
I'm going to try a bit of 1500 grit wet paper to try and deal with a couple spots (startng otn he rear of the cabinets to sample) and see if I can't improve a couple areas before installing the drivers, no res, and wireing them up.