kitchen cabinet refinishing

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Old 11-18-07, 10:29 AM
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kitchen cabinet refinishing

I have maple kitchen cabinets that were installed in the mid 1950's. I have tried to refinish them with no luck. I tried to use checmical stripper that I purchased at the local hardware/home improvement store. I did nothing. I tried sanding with no result. I even took them to a industrial stripper. They told me that they were sealed with some type of a finish that they didint think could be removed. Have you ever run into this? Is this in fact true? What are some options??? There is a soda blaster in my area who advertises stripping finishs from old trim for renovations etc...
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What are you trying to achieve with the cabinet finish?
Maple doesn't take stain very well [especially dark] How are you/they determining that there is still a finish on the maple. A lot of cabinets in the '50's were finished with shellac which is pretty easy to remove.




you might want to read this
http://forum.doityourself.com/showthread.php?t=292098
 
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There is still a finish on them. It shows a lot of wear and discoloration near the handles. I would like to take them back to there original state. They have had a fauz stain put on them and then later they have been painted. From what I can remember, when we tried to have them stripped the stripper told us that they were finished with some type of a finish that was applied under some type of pressure so it embedded into the wood.....does this make sense back in the 50's???
 
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I've never heard of anything like that
 
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I'd say replace them, but a little cheaper would be refacing in which you replace the doors & drawer fronts and stick a laminate on the cabinet faces. The big box stores usually have a display.

The only other option would be painting a new color.
 
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Old 11-21-07, 12:01 PM
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Assuming the finish that's giving you trouble IS from the 1950's, I'm stumped.

The only things I can think of are:

1) a catalyzed urethane such as is used on some resturant furniture - thick, heavy and looks like plastic, or

2) a piece of clear acrylic laminate applied to the cabinet face.

Please advise if the cabinet frame is as difficult to strip as the door faces.

The heavy duty stripper I use in my shop (which hasn't failed me yet) is Kwik Marine Paint Remover. It's slow (up to 30 minutes working time) but it works.
 
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