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Old 03-28-2014, 04:04 PM   #1
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yellowed polyurethane on woodworking


I have been remodeling a 1980's home, replacing all of the stained doors and trim with white. With most of the house updated to white tirm and doors, white outlets, white everything...the old staircase railings and banister stick out like a sore thumb. They are stained a light straw color, but have turned a yellow/orange over time. There is other miscellaneous carpenty in the house that is also yellow/orange tinted.

Aside from sanding everything down, re-staining, etc. I'm wondering if there are any tricks out there for "revitalizing" old polyurethane to remove the yellow/orange effect that has occured from light over time.

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No way that I know of-----How would they look with a nice coat of paint?
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No way that I know of-----How would they look with a nice coat of paint?
yea - that's my best case scenario right now...painting the individual balusters white, and staining the handrails and main balusters darker (after sanding). there are 60-ish balusters though. it's a wrap around railing that surrounds the entier 3rd floor.
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You might try some automotive rubbing compound.

It takes a lot of elbow grease to use and I know that it removes the oxidized film from a cars finish without removing much of the paint underneath.

Then you could re polyurethane it to a nice sheen once more.

Just try it in a small test spot first, and if it works good. if not you are out the cost of a can and a couple of hours testing.

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