Tommy Mac Discussions Forums Fix-it Forum: Home Improvement & Do It Yourself Repair Forum Kitchen cabinet doors and front door refinishing

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    • #10563
      Norman Hein

      We bought a used house and have questions/problems
      with the kitchen cabinets and front door. The finish
      on the cabinets (and around the wood stainded base
      boards) is wearing away, splochy, no longer smooth
      and uniform nor shiny. Lemon oil only makes the
      doors shiny. I tried applying a matching stain with
      finish, but, this did not appear to have any effect.
      What can be done to the cabinet doors and baseboards
      to rejuvinate the old finish?

      The problem with the front door is similar in that
      the finish/varnish is worn away. The inside of the
      door also has scratches in the wood from a dog.
      What can be done to refinish/rejuvinate this door?

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      Terry Alexander

      We just finished with a project similar to yours. Sorry to give you bad news, but the only way we found to get a really nice finish was to totally strip off the old varnish, re-sand the doors and then apply stain and varnish again. You can use most any of the strippers available, but we really like the brand “Bix”. What a lot of people don’t know, is that once you apply the stripper, let it work and then scrap off the varnish, you need to wipe the remaining varnish off with lacquer thinner. CAUTION, the stripper and lacquer thinner are very flammable.
      Hope this helps,

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