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timber 12-18-2007 10:12 AM

nicotine stain removal, how to?
I've got some nice maple cabinets in my kitchen that I'm trying to clean up but they are filthy with nicotine stains/grease combo. I have tried everything I can think of to clean them and nothing is really working that well. Does anyone have any suggestions?

cjett 12-18-2007 11:00 AM

My wife swears by Thunder Blast and/or White Lightning, both work the same. They work great on nicotine but I would try on a small section of the cabinet first to see how they react. Not sure if she has ever used them on the cabinets in our house, but she probably has. You can usually find these at the "Dollar" type stores and at Lowes too I think.

Rehabber 12-18-2007 11:02 AM

Try 'Purple Power' available at Wal Mart in the automotive section. mix it with equal parts of water. IT MAY DULL THE FINISH.

timber 12-18-2007 03:56 PM

I'll probably try both if I can find them. I think I've heard of purple power. If any of these do dull the finish, should I just apply a new clear coat?

gofrugal 12-21-2007 12:38 AM

has worked for me.

jms 12-21-2007 09:24 AM

nicotine removal
equal parts of ammonia and water. Spray it on or sponge it on. let it soak for
30 seconds or so then wipe of with same solution.
Have a nice day.

slickshift 12-21-2007 05:06 PM

Clean them as best you can
Don't worry about affecting the gloss, it's doomed anyway
Seal what's left with B-I-N white pigmented shellac
Re-paint with a quality alkyd or waterborne enamel

timber 12-22-2007 03:29 PM

Thanks for all the imput, I'm not looking forward to this! slickshift, I want to keep the stained finish that they have,so will just any shellac do?

slickshift 12-22-2007 05:07 PM


Originally Posted by timber (Post 82381)
...I want to keep the stained finish that they have...

That will be a difficult undertaking
Depending on how bad the staining is, I wouldn't take the any price
It would be deceiving the customer that there is a good chance of this happening
If it's bad enough, there's not any chance at all

That being said, it's hard to say from here how bad it is
It's possible that one (or a combo) of the cleaning methods may remove the film if it's not too bad

In that case, if you can remove the film/stains, then simply use a few coats of oil poly to bring back the shine (which will be removed during the cleaning process)
It will be a "see what ya got" type deal...there's no way to know from here if you will have enough finish left and enough nic stain removed to do this

If it's gone too far, then use the pigmented shellac as a sealer, and paint the cabinets with a premium enamel (oil or waterborne)
That would be (or was) my first suggestion
That's a "for sure" thing

timber 12-23-2007 08:21 PM

I got you, I got confused when you said paint, Thinking you ment painting them with a color. I think they are already pretty dull from all the cleaning we've already tried. Thanks for the help!

johnstevens 06-22-2009 10:40 AM

I definitely need to try that. :)Thanks

Ozarkwoman 08-04-2012 05:20 PM

I have an old refrigerator and it is covered in nicotine. I believe it is plastic coating on it. How do I get rid of The brown nicotine coating?

user1007 08-05-2012 12:09 AM


Originally Posted by Ozarkwoman (Post 981454)
I have an old refrigerator and it is covered in nicotine. I believe it is plastic coating on it. How do I get rid of The brown nicotine coating?

This is an old thread but nothing has changed. Smoker residue is a pain to deal with.

I too have had good luck with Purple Power from the auto store. Simple Green is not bad.

Some posting to this same topic elsewhere said they had good luck with plastics and vinyls using magic eraser kitchen sponge things.

If the frig is stained so badly and the outer material is vinyl or plastic you may not be able to get all the stain.

You should differently do a search to see if you can find other posts.

Ozarkwoman 08-05-2012 06:12 PM

Thx I will try these things. Forgot about those eraser things. That's next try.:thumbsup:

remoder 08-18-2012 09:15 PM

Household ammonia. Nothing better. My wife found a mirror she liked that was a light brown but smelled of smoke. Someone told her about this and it was as simple as wipe on and wipe off. The mirror is now an off-white after cleaning.

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