Refinishing Techniques & Materials in Michigan

Explore our comprehensive guide to refinishing techniques and premium materials at New Finish in Michigan.

Our approach combines traditional craftsmanship with modern techniques, ensuring every project receives a touch of personalized excellence. We specialize in a variety of refinishing services, including bathroom refinishing, commercial refinishing, cabinet refinishing, floor rejuvenation, and many others using top-of-the-line materials like eco-friendly lacquers and high-performance stains. These materials not only enhance the aesthetic appeal but also provide lasting durability. Our skilled artisans meticulously prepare surfaces, applying techniques such as sanding, stripping, and sealing, to ensure a flawless finish.

We pride ourselves on bringing unique insights into each project, tailoring our services to meet the specific needs of our clients. Unlike standard refinishing companies, New Finish delves into the finer details of color matching, texture consistency, and finish types, ensuring that each project aligns with the client’s vision and the property’s character. Our commitment to excellence is evident in our use of innovative methods like UV curing for faster, more durable finishes, and dustless sanding technology for a cleaner, safer work environment.

Coating and Sealing

In the world of refinishing, coating and sealing play pivotal roles in both protecting and enhancing the appearance of surfaces. At New Finish, we carefully select coatings that provide superior durability and resistance to wear, moisture, and temperature changes. Our choices include polyurethane, lacquer, and varnish, each offering unique benefits. Polyurethane is renowned for its toughness and is ideal for high-traffic areas. Lacquer, on the other hand, dries quickly and provides a glossy, smooth finish that’s easy to repair. Varnish, with its exceptional UV protection, is perfect for surfaces exposed to sunlight. We ensure that the sealing process is meticulously executed to lock in the beauty of the finish and provide a shield against everyday wear and tear.

Application Methods

The method of application is crucial in refinishing for achieving a flawless finish. Our team at New Finish is proficient in various application techniques, each suited for different types of projects. Brushing is ideal for small, intricate projects where precision is key. Rolling is efficient for larger, flat surfaces, offering a uniform coat with minimal brush marks. Spraying, although requiring specialized equipment, provides a smooth, even finish over large or complex surfaces. We consider factors like the type of coating, the surface material, and the desired finish to determine the most effective application method.


We believe in the power of personalization and the importance of selecting the right materials for the right project. That’s why we take the time to consult with our clients, understanding their vision and the specific demands of their spaces before making any decisions. Whether it’s transforming a dated kitchen into a modern masterpiece with our cabinet refinishing services, or restoring the original charm of historic flooring, our team leverages a wealth of knowledge and an extensive selection of top-tier materials. By doing so, we ensure that each refinishing project not only meets but exceeds our clients’ expectations.



At New Finish, we recognize the transformative power of color techniques in the world of refinishing. Leveraging a blend of traditional and innovative methods, we meticulously apply faux finishing, color washing, distressing, and stenciling to breathe new life into various surfaces. Our expertise in simulating textures and materials—ranging from elegant marble to rustic wood—enables us to offer bespoke finishes that elevate the aesthetics and value of any space. Whether it’s adding depth and warmth through color washing or crafting a personalized touch with precise stenciling, our commitment to excellence and attention to detail ensure that each project reflects our clients’ unique visions and stands the test of time.

Surface Preparation

At New Finish, we prioritize thorough surface preparation as the foundation of every refinishing project, understanding its critical role in achieving durable and flawless finishes. Our meticulous surface preparation process includes cleaning, repairing, sanding, and priming to ensure that every surface, regardless of its material, is perfectly prepared for refinishing. This attention to detail guarantees that the final finish adheres seamlessly and lasts longer, preventing future issues such as peeling or cracking.

Surface Preparation and Repair in Refinishing

At New Finish, we emphasize that the success of any refinishing project largely hinges on proper surface preparation and repair. This critical first step ensures that the new finish adheres well and lasts longer, providing a flawless and durable outcome.

Surface Cleaning and Degreasing

The initial phase involves thoroughly cleaning the surface. This step is essential for removing dirt, grease, and any residues that could hinder the finishing process. Depending on the surface type, we use appropriate cleaning agents that effectively remove contaminants without damaging the underlying material.

Sanding and Smoothing

Once cleaned, sanding comes into play. This process is not just about smoothing; it’s about creating the right texture for the new finish to grip onto. For wooden surfaces, sanding is also crucial for opening up the pores of the wood, which allows for better absorption of stains or finishes. We use varying grits of sandpaper, starting with a coarser grit to remove old finishes and imperfections, and gradually moving to finer grits for a smooth, ready-to-finish surface.

Repairing Damage

Any existing damage, like scratches, gouges, or dents, needs to be addressed before applying a new finish. This might involve filling in with wood filler for wooden surfaces or using other specialized repair materials for different types of substrates. The goal is to achieve a uniform, seamless surface, which is imperative for a high-quality refinishing job.

Final Preparation

After sanding and repairing, the surface undergoes a final cleaning to remove any dust or particles. This step is crucial as even the smallest debris can affect the final finish. We often use tack cloths or vacuum systems with fine filters to ensure a dust-free surface.


Choosing the Right Finish in Refinishing

Selecting the appropriate finish is a crucial decision in the refinishing process, one that significantly impacts both the appearance and longevity of the item. At New Finish, we guide our clients through this critical choice, considering factors such as the intended use, durability requirements, aesthetic preferences, and the type of material being refinished.


Varnish is a popular choice for surfaces that are exposed to the elements, such as outdoor furniture. It provides excellent UV protection and can withstand weather-related wear and tear. Varnishes come in various sheens and can be oil or water-based. They are ideal for highlighting the natural beauty of wood grains.


Polyurethane finishes are known for their durability and resistance to water, chemicals, and heat. They are suitable for high-traffic areas or surfaces that undergo frequent use, such as floors and kitchen cabinets. Available in both water-based and oil-based forms, polyurethane can range from matte to high gloss finishes, offering versatility in aesthetic options.


Lacquer is favored for its smooth application and quick-drying properties. It provides a hard, durable finish with a distinct glossy look, ideal for modern furniture and cabinetry. Lacquers are available in various colors and can be clear or tinted, allowing for creative color choices.


Shellac, made from natural resin, is an eco-friendly option that’s easy to apply and repair. It dries to a warm, rich finish and is often used for antique restoration or fine furniture. However, it’s less durable than other finishes and can be sensitive to heat and moisture.

Oil Finishes

Oil finishes, such as tung oil and linseed oil, penetrate deep into the wood, enhancing its natural color and providing a low-gloss, natural look. They are easy to apply and maintain but offer less protection than varnishes or polyurethanes.

Water-Based Finishes

Growing in popularity due to their low odor and quick drying time, water-based finishes are environmentally friendly. They provide good durability and are non-yellowing, making them suitable for lighter wood colors.


Incorporating Advanced Techniques for Superior Results in Refinishing

At New Finish, we believe in blending traditional refinishing skills with advanced techniques to achieve superior results. Our approach involves utilizing the latest innovations in the field to enhance the quality, durability, and aesthetic appeal of our refinishing projects.

Advanced Surface Preparation

We leverage high-tech equipment for surface preparation, such as orbital sanders and dust extraction systems. This not only speeds up the process but also ensures a more consistent and smoother surface, crucial for an excellent finish. Dustless sanding technology is particularly important, as it maintains a cleaner work environment and reduces the risk of imperfections in the final finish.

UV Curing Technology

One of the cutting-edge techniques we employ is UV curing. This technology allows finishes to cure instantly under UV light, significantly reducing drying time. This is particularly beneficial for commercial projects where time is of the essence. UV curing also results in a harder, more durable finish, making it ideal for surfaces that see heavy use.

Infrared Drying Systems

Infrared drying systems are another advanced technique that we utilize. Unlike traditional drying methods, infrared systems speed up the curing process by directly heating the finish. This method is efficient and can be precisely controlled, ensuring a consistent quality of the cured finish.

Automated Spraying Technology

For large-scale projects or surfaces with complex geometries, we use automated spraying technology. This ensures even coverage and a flawless finish, especially in hard-to-reach areas or intricate designs. Automated systems are also more efficient, reducing waste and ensuring a uniform application of the finish.

Custom Color Mixing and Matching

Utilizing technology for precise color mixing and matching, we can create custom colors that meet our clients’ specific requirements. This not only ensures a unique and personalized finish but also guarantees consistency across different batches.

Eco-Friendly Materials and Practices

In our commitment to sustainability, we adopt eco-friendly materials and practices. This includes using low-VOC finishes and recycling waste materials wherever possible. Our approach is not only better for the environment but also ensures a safer and healthier workspace.

How To Get Started With Our Refinishing Services In 3 Easy Steps

We are thoroughly invested in helping you to realize your vision with our highly skilled bathtub refinishing team. Our goal is to help you have a home you can't get enough of. Here's how we make that happen.

1. Get In Touch

 Call us at +1 (989) 525-6479 or email us at We’re here to answer your questions, provide detailed information about our services, and offer expert advice tailored to your refinishing needs.

2. We Get To Work

We’ll plan out how to revitalize your new space to look how you need it to look. Once we have a plan and completely understand your vision, we’ll start working our magic.

3. Love Your New Space

We’ll go with you on a post-job walk-through with you to make sure you love your new space. Tell us your thoughts so we can make sure we’ve exceeded your expectations.