Matt is a professional painter and freelance writer, sharing his knowledge, house-painting tips, and product reviews.
My Search for a Good Cabinet Door Drying Rack
When my painting business started doing more cabinet jobs, I realized pretty quickly I needed to change the system for how I was spraying and storing doors. The old way I went about this process was to place cabinet doors on a sawhorse setup, spray two coats on one side, allow the paint to dry, and flip the door over the next day to paint the other side. The problem with that method is having to wait until the next day to flip the doors over to paint the other side, which adds at least one to two additional days to a painting project.
The Door Rack Painter Speeds Up the Process
I bought two of the Door Rack Painter drying racks, along with one spray rack. With the two cabinet drying racks I purchased, I can stack a total of thirty-four painted doors, both sides, for drying. Each rack holds seventeen cabinet doors. As a professional painter who does a lot of cabinet painting, this product has worked well for me every time I've used it.
Does the Rack Actually Work?
I own the spray rack and two drying racks. I use them for all of my cabinet painting projects, which allows me to paint both sides of the doors the same day. I save at least two days of labor by using this product.
Does It Leave Marks in the Paint?
The shelving bars on the rack are curved downward, so when the painted back side of a door is placed on them, the door barely makes contact. When removing dry doors from the rack, some of the doors will have tiny marks in the paint from the bars. The marks are on the back side of the door, and I touch up the marks with a small artist brush.
Usage Tips for the Spray Rack
When using the spray rack, you have to wipe the paint off of the bars before placing the next door on it, otherwise paint will smear onto the surface. I keep a rag handy to wipe them down each time.
The spray rack comes with two plastic grippers that are used for carrying a painted door from the spray rack to the drying rack. The plastic grippers have rough texture on them, similar to sandpaper, that keeps them from sliding off door edges when carrying a door.
Rack Functionality and Assembly
Another big advantage of using a paint drying rack for cabinet doors is the work space it saves. With this product, I no longer have wet doors drying on boards all over the floor. I can set them up in small spaces.
Is It Hard to Put Together?
Assembly is easy and took me about ten minutes with a wrench. The only tedious part is installing the plastic caps on the ends of each bar. That was annoying and time consuming, but you only have to do it one time. It's important to make sure the assembly of the parts is level at the end; otherwise, the cabinet doors won't lay flat when placed on the racks for storage.
Is There a Lot of Maintenance?
The paint build-up on the spray rack also needs to be wiped off with a rag each time a door is sprayed or it will smear onto the next door that is placed on the rack. The first time I used this product it took me a couple hours to get used to the set up, but it's very easy to use.
Is the Door Rack Painter Worth It?
I definitely recommend the Door Rack Painter if you're spraying cabinet doors on a regular basis. As a professional painter who does cabinet painting every month, the two racks I use save me tons of time.
The main advantage of this product is the ability to paint both sides of a door and place the painted side on the rack without ruining the paint. The only other way to spray both sides at once is to hang the doors, using hooks and a pole fastened to the top of two step ladders, but I'm not a fan of drilling holes into door edges, and you're more likely to get paint drips with the doors hanging. Spraying and storing doors horizontally eliminates that problem.
Do Full-Size Doors Fit on the Rack?
I have only used the racks for cabinet doors, but you can store full-size doors on them too. Using the racks for full-size doors will require two people to carry the doors and set them down. I use the racks for cabinet doors by myself without any problems.
How's the Customer Service?
The customer service I experienced with this company was very positive. I called with a couple questions and everything was explained to me over the phone. I also reached out to the company with a question after I received my racks and received a prompt response. I received my order within one week without any missing parts.
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.
© 2017 Matt G.
Matt G. (author) from United States on February 17, 2020:
Great idea. I use the rotating spray rack from the same company to spray doors. I wipe the rods off after spraying each door. I wrap masking paper over the spray rack and replace the paper at the end of each job to keep the platform level and clean. I used the stationary spray rack for a long time before switching to the rotating one, which I like a lot better.
Doug Hyland on February 17, 2020:
Hey Matt, great write up on door rack painter. I also use the system full time and saves me so much time. For the spray deck I use a set of 8 rods and rotate them every 10 doors. I put them in jar filled with lacquer thinner to dissolve the paint off the rods. Wipe clean. Works great.
Matt G. (author) from United States on February 13, 2020:
Hi Lauren. I've been using these racks for my painting business for over 4 years. I use them exclusively for cabinet painting. The rack bars are curved to minimize contact with wet paint. The bars leave very small marks on the BACK of the doors that I touch up with a small artist brush at the end of the job. The key is to make sure the doors are resting on the curved part of the rack bars, not the flat part. The textured carrying pads you're referring to grip only the outer corner edges of the door and don't leave any marks. They dont grip the full side of the door.
Lauren Hillin on February 13, 2020:
I saw the pic of the drying rack but the carrying system and how it sits, the marks it leaves would be nice to see. Any more pictures you could provide to this very thorough article?
Matt G. (author) from United States on August 14, 2019:
The fastest way to paint your cabinets is with the spray rack and drying rack in my review. Both racks allow you to paint both sides of the doors at one time. The only other way to paint them is to wait for one side to dry overnight. flip them over, and paint the other side. The racks will allow you to finish all 25 doors at least three days sooner. For one time use, you can easily sell the racks on the Internet and a painter will buy them. I would remove the slide out doors if you're spraying them, otherwise it will take too long to mask off the parts that connect to the door.
Kori Dugger on August 14, 2019:
Hi, I love all your recommendations but would like to ask what you recommend for a one time job that includes about 25 doors and 7 drawers? We are going from maple to the same cream color on the rest of the framing thoughout the house and the flooring in the kitchen will be removed before we paint.
We have the orbital sander, we have horses, I’m purchasing Greco air sprayer new in box from someone for $150.
I can not find a used spray or drying rack
Also, most of our bottom doors all have slides that come out. Spray them still attached or remove and sand?