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Old 02-23-2009, 01:41 PM   #16
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i imagine _restore a finish_ would be an old english type wipe on oil? those work great for some stuff. especially old furniture you don't want to refinish. but i'd sure want clear coat on cupboards if i had kids. (which i do)
now, you may want to consider a satin finish if you like the 'soft wood' look and it'll protect just the same. me, i like the high glossy look. Po)

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Old 02-23-2009, 02:25 PM   #17
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I believe you may be correct DangerMouse about the Restore a Finish.

And regarding the clear coat, here is a quote from the manufacturer website.

you are simply intent on putting on a "clear coat finish" (ie. lacquer, shellac, or varnish) the Restor-A-Finish must be completely dried as any residue will interfere with the new topcoat. So if you know you will be applying a new finish, wipe Restor-A-Finish on and wipe off quickly. Do not let it soak. A polyurethane finish should NOT be used over Restor-A-Finish as it will not let this type of topcoat finish dry.

Given the ease of use of this Restore a Finish, I figure if I have to redo it in a couple of years, not a big deal.
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Old 02-23-2009, 02:55 PM   #18
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the color he has in the picture looks to be raw oak with a clearcoat, just as mine are. a 'golden oak' product likely has stain too and will not penetrate any areas coated previously with poly or other coating. and where it DOES will likely show up as such. i wouldn't try to stain them , even with 'natural' unless the old finish was completely removed and i don't think he wants to do THAT! lol

but hey, i'm just rattling now...

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but hey, i'm just rattling now...
Shouldn't that be "prattling"? Listen, Danger, you stick to the DIY, I'll help out with the grammar. We'll be a great team. :D
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ohhhhhhkay -=chuckle=-
hey drtbk4ever, what was your original finish before you used this product? and i imagine after so much time, any finish would go over it, yes?
also, how shiny does it leave it? did you need to buff it up at all? just curious.....

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Hey Danger,


Our cabinets were the traditional Oak looking cabinets. Not super glossy. I would say there are very similar to the photos posted by sbattista. They looked very similar being kind of tired and washed out looking.

I didn't need to remove the old finish and had no issues whatsoever with the Restore a finish not being absorbed by the cabinets. I would have expected very little absorbtion by the cabinets if they had some sort of poly top coat. I can't tell you how easy the restore a finish went on and there were no issues. It was as easy as wiping your cabinets. Wipe on wipe off. No buffing required.

Now how to describe how my cabinets look after using the Restore a Finish. They seem to have more depth, a little richer in color and they are definitely shinier than they were before I restored them. I still wouldn't classify them as glossy, but they do have more of a sheen to them. Here is an excerpt from that website regarding use on Kitchen Cabinets.

Yes! Restor-A-Finish is ideal for kitchen cabinets. It will restore the original color and luster to your cabinets without having to strip and refinish them. Typically, kitchen cabinets have a thin lacquer finish (especially in newer homes). It is a good idea to protect and maintain the restored cabinets with Feed-N-Wax, to maintain the "restored" look. As always, test Restor-A-Finish in an inconspicuous spot and see if you like what the restored finish looks like before restoring the entire kitchen.
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Let see if this photo works.

Here is a picture of my cabinets before the Restore a Finish.

I don't have an "after" photo. Sorry for the angle.

Now don't get me wrong, I may be coming across as this is the ideal solution. Maybe, maybe not. I just want you to know how happy I am with it.

Now if I have time this week I'll take an "after" photo.

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heck, they looked fine before! hehehe

i suppose we SHOULD warn people about using EITHER product on any madeinchina crap that only LOOKS like solid wood. some of that junk i've seen isn't even veneer, it's just paper with a wood print! talk about crap..... either product would likely wreak havok with it. lol

so be SURE it's REAL oak, folks!

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sand it,tape it,spray it -preferebly a dark oak color:P or a light oak to show the true woods grooves/rings.
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With lacquer finishes on cabinets, are they adding some kind of a top coat. My understanding from woodworking is that lacquer discolors with exposure to water.
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