At Jim Bishop Cabinets, Inc., getting the color right – perfectly right – is an important part of getting the finished product right.

Paint colors are matched to the customer’s desired color using a MatchRite color computer. Previously, Jim Bishop did not offer this service.

“It is very fast and accurate,” says Dean Graveman of Jim Bishop Cabinets. “You place the desired color under the color eye and the computer tells the operator exactly what tints to use to make the correct color paint.”

Graveman says that Jim Bishop offers 14 standard stain colors, four standard glaze colors, eight standard base coat colors and four standard paints. This does not include the custom options.

Custom color system 

Russell Bates of Lenmar Coatings describes the system as a custom color system for mass production. He says that customers can go to Jim Bishop with a color and it is usually matched up against a fandeck of 1320 colors.

“When sample colors have been produced, small sample panels are sprayed out and sent for approval to the customer,” Bates says. “If approved, the small sample colors are transferred into the standard finishing line products used by Jim Bishop, which have been formulated to act as either standalone products or as tintable bases.

“Colors can be tinted into the undercoater or the topcoats. This allows for individual solid color custom finishes, or to have a custom basecoat with a variety of glaze looks. The end result is that the efficiency of the Jim Bishop line can be used to either do their standard colors or to do custom colors on demand, without changing or adjusting line speeds or spray areas. No special setup is required on site. Delay time between a long-standing Bishop color and a custom color is negligible.”

Bates says that the system has been in use for more than nine months at Jim Bishop, and in development for a year prior to that. He says this is Lenmar’s pilot site for this type of custom color line management. These colors are currently being used over several different substrates, including pre-primed MDF.

Jim Bishop Cabinets makes both commercial and residential cabinetry in its Montgomery, Ala., plant.

“When the orders come out to the plant, they are processed in daily batches,” Graveman says. “All of the orders are machined and sanded and then staged in front of the finish room. Sanded parts are hung on an overhead finish line. They pass through the stain booth where they are sprayed with stain and then they are hand wiped.

Sealer, glazing, topcoat 

“The parts then pass through a sealer booth where they are sprayed with sealer. If they are to be glazed then they get glazed in the next booth. We do not take parts off of the line to be glazed; they are glazed as they move down the line. The parts are then top coated and oven dried. After finish, the parts are staged in bar coded bins so that assembly layout is much easier. Parts are then laid out, assembled and shipped.

Graveman says that Bishop’s finishes are sprayed on with HVLP guns and the finish is hand rubbed into the substrate. All of their paints, basecoats, and topcoats are applied with HVLP airless air assisted spray guns.

“In the last ten years, we have implemented lean throughout the plant,” he says. “Because of this we are now able to offer beaded inset cabinetry and full access (frameless) cabinetry in addition to our regular lines in the same amount of space. We also have added old world type finishes and custom stain matching.”

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