Strengthening new varnished surface on the bathroom cabinets

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Strengthening new varnished surface on the bathroom cabinets

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I just purchased bathroom cabinets from obviously Chinese manufacturer. I knew it's not going to be a stellar quality or anything close to it, but that's what I can afford right now. It is a thin veneer over a cheap particle board, so I know it's going to be damaged real easy.
Can I/ should I try adding anything on top of the varnish they used, to protect the surface a little better from both the moisture and semi-sharp objects?
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Waste of time and money. You have what you have.....deal with it until you can afford quality stuff.
 
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Yep, I think Vic is right.


Sorry, not the answer you wanted.
 
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Just what I was afraid of.
Any furniture polish better then the other?
 
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I think it will help to apply something if the factory finish is really thin. I find this to be the case with cheap furniture. You will get better water resistance by adding another layer of finish.

My advice is to never use furniture polish. Use a damp cloth and mild detergent if you need it. Then dry the surface. Furniture polishes will leave a buildup and make future repairs difficult.
 
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If Drooplug says it might help...I'd prob try it. One thing...I'd imagine it might be a lacquer finish? You'd need to make sure whatever you use is compatible I'd think.

I'd also ask for advice on how to apply it or what you wind up with may look worse than what you have.

Another thought...is it a real wood veneer or one of those wood look plastic films? Thats what I see over particle board most of the time.


Finally...I've used Formbys Almond Oil polish on furniture and been quite happy. Doesn't seem to build up or haze like Pledge or one of those. Of course thats for occasional use...as said...cleaning with a mild solution will do just fine for regular cleanup.
 
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