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Old 02-09-2011, 09:25 AM   #1
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Kitchen Cabinets lost their Luster!


We had new cabinets installed about 9 years ago. They are maple and stained a light honey color. The problem is that the installer only put one coat of top coat (poly? varnish?) protectant over them. The upper cabinets are in fine shape but the lowers are very beat up and practically have ZERO protectant on them. Thus, they have lost their shine and look dull and ugly.

I do not want to go with a totally different color because the upper cabinets are in okay shape. PLus we are selling and just need to make it look nice enough without spending a lot of time or money.

Does anyone know what I do to get the old top coat off (where needed) and reapply (what to reapply?) and how I match the color that is already there?

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Old 02-09-2011, 09:30 AM   #2
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is it simply that the lowers are dull and the colour is ok??

if so, can you give a light sand (by hand) with 100 grit and then apply a clear poly?? sand between coats and apply two or three coats. you will get you shine by the third coat...

try in a unsuspecting place, like where the stove or refrigerator goes first to see if the results are what you are looking for.

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Hey Tgearing, this is a fairly common problem and shouldn’t be a very difficult fix at all.
First things first like rditz said you are able to keep the same color you have on there now and just add another topcoat which will bring back its original shine and protection. Before doing anything be sure to wash the entire cabinet surface with a mild degreaser (a few drops of dish soap into a gallon of warm water should be fine) and lightly scrub the entire surface being sure to remove any dirt or grease that may have made its way onto the cabinets. Next try to find out what type of poly was used, find an area that won’t be noticed (inside of a door) and wipe it down with a q-tip or cotton ball and some rubbing alcohol which if it is a water based poly will remove a small amount of the finish and feel “slimy” in your finger tips as it breaks down. If it does not it is an oil and you will need to purchase the correct polyurethane. Next in the areas where the old poly is still intact lightly sand using Very Fine sand paper to be certain it doesn’t damage any of the stained wood removing the color.
Once this is done your ready to apply the polyurethane, if it was oil go with an oil. If it was water based go with a water based, and be sure to follow all the instructions on the back of the can before application and you should be just fine and have your cabinets looking like new again.
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Old 02-09-2011, 11:33 PM   #4
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you are able to keep the same color you have there now and just add another layer of finish that will bring back its original shine and protection. Above all remember to wash the entire surface of housing with a mild degreaser and scrub the surface lightly and be sure to remove dirt or grease that may have made its way onto the cabinets.
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