Refinishing Kitchen Cabinets


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Old 08-03-04, 09:51 AM
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Refinishing Kitchen Cabinets

My kitchen cabinets are the older type, built in 1964. The laminate is still good in most places. There is some places wear the lacquer is worn of due to cleaner splashed on them. I don't want to spend alot of money replacing or refacing them. My question(s) is how much sanding can they take ? And what grade paper do I start with ?
 
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Old 08-03-04, 05:38 PM
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Is this laminate high-pressure laminate such as formica?
 
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Old 08-04-04, 04:42 AM
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No it is real wood laminate.
 
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Old 08-05-04, 07:28 PM
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Older veneer is thicker than newer veneer, but neither will take much sanding. To remove the old finish, strip it off.
 
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Old 08-06-04, 08:12 AM
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Thanks for the reply, and sorry I took awhile to respond back. What kind of stripper would you use? And would you use steel wool to remove the old finish?
 
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I like Strypeeze or Kleen Kut stripper. I don't like steel wool. I prefer a coarse scotchbrite pad that is made for stripping. It cuts fast, doesn't scratch the surface, and washes clean for reuse. I start with a plastic scraper for the first pass on the bubbled finish. It removes it faster without clogging. Just scrape the residue off into a suitable container as you work.

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