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Old 05-26-2008, 11:56 PM   #1
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Can these kitchen cabinets be touched up?

I am helping my mom do a kitchen remodel and her kitchen cabinets are in good physical shape but obviously the water damage has left them looking bad. I can't tell if there's a stain or if this is the original wood color with poly on top of it. Can I get a wood stain and just go over real lightly to preserve most of the color but touch up the stained part?


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Old 05-27-2008, 06:50 AM   #2
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Doesn't look good....

If they have poly on them, they will not accept a stain

It is unlikely that kitchen cabs were just stained, and not polyurethaned or shellacked or varnished in some way

Water damage is a difficult problem to address properly in the best situations
Trying to "touch-up" water damage is usually not possible...but ever so slight and specific water damage might possibly be "touched up"

W/o seeing your specific problem it's hard to tell, but I'd have to say the chances are pretty huge that a strip and refinish, or a paint job would be the solution


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Ok I was afraid of that. So I'm a noob as far as strip and refinish. Would it be easier to do that (how?) or would I be better off buying new cabinets ($$$).
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