Cleaning Greasy Wood cabinets

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Old 10-19-04, 06:43 PM
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Please Help!!!! I have wood cabinets that i am painting and they have grease build up from previous owners. Should i just give them a good cleaning with TSP product and also use a steel pad?
 
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Old 10-19-04, 06:54 PM
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I usually scrub them with paint thinner or laquer thinner if the build-up is heavy. Be careful with the steel pad, it could mar the surface. Make sure it is fine or very fine.
 
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Old 10-19-04, 06:57 PM
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What if i have scrubbed thema nd it is not to bad now except in the grooves of the cabinet doors? R u a painting professional?
 
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Old 10-19-04, 07:42 PM
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Try to dig it out of the grooves with a screwdriver. Fold a piece of 80grit sandpaper, and use the edge in it. Oil primer would benefit you also.

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Something else that helps (besides screw driver blade, or razor blade-verticle) is using an old toothbrush to get into irregular shaped areas to clean. Laquer thinner will lift oils but will also melt varnish, etc. (the clear sealant protecting the wood) so be carefull in using it.
 
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Greasy cabinets

Thank you akll so much for your advice i will try them all to see what works best.

PWG: Do we need to sand them down to the bare wood if we are using an oil base primer(killz odorless)?
 
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Old 10-20-04, 04:06 PM
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No need to sand them down to bare wood.
 
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Degreasing cabinets

Because most folks don't do weekly cleaning of cabinets, they wait until buildup is severe and then they post. You can use TSP (trisodium phosphate) and do a final wipe down with mineral spirits or other solvent cleaner to assure all grease and soil has been removed. If using solvents, area should be well-ventilated because solvents tend to be flammable, volatile, and smelly.

If refinishing cabinet surfaces you will need to sand so that you can have surface adhesion and wipe with tack cloth afterwards. If painting, you will need to apply shellac primer like Zinser to seal and prepare for new surface paint. Check with your local paint store for appropriate paints and sealers.
 
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