High gloss or matt, metallised or micalised: there are several available finishes to please the clients that choose the quality and the preciousness of a lacquered door. Snaidero has been carrying out this delicate production process for the last 50 years looking after all of the phases with significative technology and competence assets that allow our company to produce any shape in any type of surface. The first shaped lacquered elements were produced 1991 when Snaidero launched the cuved lacquered doors for the memorable “OLA” model designed by Pininfarina.
Due to its strategic importance, the organisation of this process is based on two lacquering plant concepts: the former is completely computerized for the non-shaped surfaces and the latter is based on the competence and skills of the Snaidero experts. The cabins for the manual lacquering are working environments in which the worker has a key role as the lacquer is applied manually with spray guns. This method is used for the lacquering of difficult surfaces such as angles, curves and bespoke details for which the human ability is required to achieve a perfect finish.
HOW THE MICALISED LACQUERING PROCESS IS CARRIED OUT ?
The micalised finish is the latest novelty introduced by Snaidero in the offer of lacquer doors. This finish has been inspired by the automobilistic industry and has been launched by Snaidero for the first time with the “OLA” model. These are the key aspects of the micalised lacquering process: the starting suface needs to have a base of with polyester or acrylic bottom with UV crosslinking – depending on semi-finished products - to be smoothed and polished to make the surface uniform and perfectly flat with no holes or bumps.
On the support that is prepared in this way, A FIRST MICALISED VARNISH COAT is applied, in order to get a surface with a uniform colour. After a short drying phase, a SECOND COAT IS APPLIED to develop the micalised effect. Later on, with a previous partial drying, finishing varnish with the wished opaqueness is applied. At the end of the process, doors get dry over several days to make varnishes fully harden before they pass to the assembly phase.
The effect is actually less reflecting and more transparent, so better-defined and smarter colourings are obtained. Last but not least, doors and the different compositional elements are much less sensitive to footprints and fingerprints and thus, they can be more easily cleaned.