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Face frame finishing

Looking for thoughts as to if its better to finish before you attach the face frame to carcasses or after its been attached. I've always finished after with fear of me dinging / marring the frame during glue up. But I realize that I'm taking a lot of time and some money taping and wrapping the carcass to protect from overspray. But if I did it the other way I'd spend more time fixing a problem if it arose. What do you guys do?
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The only thing I do is stain the inside edges of the faceframe prior to attaching them to the boxes. I normally leave the inside of a cabinet natural in color and don't stain the inside so I just stain the edges to keep from getting stain on the boxes. I don't even sand the face frames until the cabinet is completed. Then I stain the exterior and when dry clearcoat the inside and outside together. You can eliminate a lot of the overspray clearcoating cabinets using a airless sprayer or a conventional sprayer with a pressure pot. These two rigs don't atomize the finish as much so the overspray is not too much an issue. Personally I prefer a pressure pot. I have problems with runs using an airless.
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I pretty much always stain after. Anytime you try to take shortcuts from doing things the right way, it usually ends in disaster.
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Thanks for the responses guys. I felt like I was doing it the best way.
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I use prefinished plywood for my carcass. Usually on projects I like to save finish for the end but for face frames I think it is alot easier to finish before assembly. Once FF is finished I attach to the carcass and then install the doors which have also been prefinished.
It just seems logical and simple for me to break the cabinet into separate components.
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Does the finish on the faceframe inhibit mounting it to the carcass with glue?

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I use the prefinished ply 95% of the time. My only fear of doing the finishing first is that If for done chance I pulled it out of whack while clamping it to the carcass, that I'd end up with more work in the long run. I don't use pocket screws. It's a matter of me weighing the plus sides vs down sides. Wanted to weigh out both.
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I spray the inside of the carcass parts before assembling, masking the dados with painters tape. All I do to the FF before installing it is sand the inside edges of the openings. True it is a pain to mask off openings when finishing, but produces a much better finished cabinet, IMO
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