"Quick fix" for kitchen cabinets


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Old 05-06-07, 10:04 AM
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"Quick fix" for kitchen cabinets

I read an old post about wiping the stickiness off my kitchen cabinets with mineral spirits but I don't understand what that will do. Will I then have to recoat with poly?

I have dark wood cabinets that I just want to spruce up. There are a few areas where the handles are that are sticky and the stain is rubbed off. They look pretty darn good except these few spots.

Can I just clean them off with mineral spirits? Does that take the sheen off and then I have to put it back on? There are a lot of cabinets! Thanks for your help!
 
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Old 05-07-07, 04:40 AM
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It depends on what type of finish is on the cabinets. Polyurethane will not be affected by mineral spirits. Some cheap finishes may be. Try first on an out of the way spot on the cabinets before going at it full tilt. But some of that stickiness may be the finish, or it could just be spilled food. First try with a general cleaner like windex or an ammonia based cleaner.
 
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Old 05-07-07, 09:15 AM
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The finish in areas around knobs and pulls can over time become dull and soft and sticky from oils and soils on hands. When this happens, there is no quick fix. The finish is damaged. Removal of sticky finish will take you down to bare wood. Refinishing is the best option.
 
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Old 05-07-07, 09:34 AM
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If I clean them with something like TCP and then just use the minwax touch up stuff just at the few spots that are worn near the handles, will I be able to recoat the finish without a total redo? Brush on a new shiny coat to "renew" in just the dull spots?
 
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Old 05-07-07, 10:06 AM
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Spot finishing usually stands out. Lightly sanding and refinishing the entire door is recommended.
 
 

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