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Kitchen cabinets (by Laura [MD]) Aug 2, 2022 6:38 PM
       Kitchen cabinets (by Nellie [ME]) Aug 2, 2022 7:21 PM
       Kitchen cabinets (by MikeA [TX]) Aug 2, 2022 7:41 PM
       Kitchen cabinets (by Vin [VA]) Aug 2, 2022 7:48 PM
       Kitchen cabinets (by Small potatoes [NY]) Aug 2, 2022 9:12 PM
       Kitchen cabinets (by RentsDue [MA]) Aug 3, 2022 7:33 AM
       Kitchen cabinets (by small potatoes [NY]) Aug 3, 2022 8:23 AM
       Kitchen cabinets (by Oregon Woodsmoke [ID]) Aug 3, 2022 10:56 AM
       Kitchen cabinets (by Robert,OntarioCanada [ON]) Aug 3, 2022 12:06 PM
       Kitchen cabinets (by ROCKM [OR]) Aug 3, 2022 1:04 PM
       Kitchen cabinets (by Laura [MD]) Aug 3, 2022 1:48 PM
       Kitchen cabinets (by MikeA [TX]) Aug 3, 2022 8:23 PM
       Kitchen cabinets (by Ray-N-Pa [PA]) Aug 4, 2022 7:57 PM
       Kitchen cabinets (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Aug 4, 2022 10:51 PM

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Kitchen cabinets (by Laura [MD]) Posted on: Aug 2, 2022 6:38 PM

I have a 1980s townhouse with chestnut, builder grade cabinets. Doing a turnover , i just want them refreshed and not a total paint job. Color is scratch and faded on some fronts but not others…..easy quick solutions?.

Kitchen cabinets (by Nellie [ME]) Posted on: Aug 2, 2022 7:21 PM

A super good cleaning job. Get a touch up pen for the scratches. Polish. The question is what to use for cleaning and polishing. If you TSP, then your finish will be dull. I would try ammonia, baking soda, and cleaning vinegar in a gallon of water. The cleaning vinegar definitely works better than white vinegar.

About cleaning vinegar. Yes, it is more expensive, but it works better. The ph is definitely different. Daughter and I did a science experiment with the granddaughters a few weeks ago. Made colored volcanoes. We also used all the vinegar in the house. Cider, white, and cleaning. The volcano reaction was significantly less for the cleaning vinegar. And there was a difference between the cider and white, but I don’t recall which was the bigger reaction.

Kitchen cabinets (by MikeA [TX]) Posted on: Aug 2, 2022 7:41 PM

Are they painted or stained and varnished?

Kitchen cabinets (by Vin [VA]) Posted on: Aug 2, 2022 7:48 PM


It will make a big improvement.

Kitchen cabinets (by Small potatoes [NY]) Posted on: Aug 2, 2022 9:12 PM

undiluted degreaser (like purple simple green) to clean, super fine steel wool to start, follow the grain. sand out if needed, but just using 0000 steel wool should do it, then tack cloth to prep and then try to match the stain or use a slightly darker color then they are, if you like a color then see if it comes in wipe on poly. you may need to use steel wool between the first coats if the wood is in rough shape.

Kitchen cabinets (by RentsDue [MA]) Posted on: Aug 3, 2022 7:33 AM

Rejuvenate for Cabinets and Furniture. I just use it to make old cabinets look beautiful. They sell a wood marker too that makes scratches disappear. --68.191.xx.xx

Kitchen cabinets (by small potatoes [NY]) Posted on: Aug 3, 2022 8:23 AM

Vin, I looked restorzit up, looks promising how long have you been using it?

Kitchen cabinets (by Oregon Woodsmoke [ID]) Posted on: Aug 3, 2022 10:56 AM

Are they wood finish with no sealer on them? If so brush them with Minwax fruitwood stain, let it soak for a few minutes and then wipe off any excess, and then wipe it off. They will look brand new. If the wood is older and dry, it might all soak in and you won't have to wipe any excess.

It doesn't matter what wood or color the cabinets are, it will work.

If there is any sort of waterproof sealer or finish, it won't work and cabinets have to be clean.

I've used this on cabinets, baseboard, and interior doors. I saw my contractor using it to cover a scratch on a window casing so he told me the secret.

Kitchen cabinets (by Robert,OntarioCanada [ON]) Posted on: Aug 3, 2022 12:06 PM

Replacing kitchen cabinets is expensive which depends on the base. if the base is good then take them to cabinet place to refinish or just replace kitchen cabinet doors where there is no tear out. View some videos on You tube on how to paint kitchen cabinet doors. For rentals it is not worthwhile to install high end kitchen cabinets.

Kitchen cabinets (by ROCKM [OR]) Posted on: Aug 3, 2022 1:04 PM

You said "paint job" so I am assuming they are painted cabs, and that you have some of the paint. I would clean with simple green, and touch up the scratches with an artist brush and paint.

Kitchen cabinets (by Laura [MD]) Posted on: Aug 3, 2022 1:48 PM

No, not painted and I do not want to paint them.

Kitchen cabinets (by MikeA [TX]) Posted on: Aug 3, 2022 8:23 PM

Assuming that the stain under the finish is still in tact then you can simply put another coat of finish on them.

First clean them thoroughly with TSP to get every speck of grease off. It's easier to do taking the doors off and removing all the hardware. Then wipe them down with a rag and a liberal coat of liquid sander (you can get it in the paint department). The liquid sander will soften/roughen the current finish so the new finish will adhere rather than peeling off. Then put on a new coat of finish.

I recommend oil based polyurethane put on with a 4 inch foam roller or a brush. A few very thin coats are much better than one or two thick coats which will run and/or sag. You can get it in spray cans which make it easier to apply but it is expensive and will take at least 5 coats of spray because there is so much thinner that will evaporate out leaving super thin coats of poly that will wear through fairly quickly.

Kitchen cabinets (by Ray-N-Pa [PA]) Posted on: Aug 4, 2022 7:57 PM

Old English polish

Kitchen cabinets (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Posted on: Aug 4, 2022 10:51 PM


Scrub clean. Rub down with Old English like my friend RayRay said.


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