Restorz-it...product question

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Old 08-03-12, 11:39 AM
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Question Restorz-it...product question

I am wanting to do something to my kitchen cabinets and have been mulling it over for months. I can't take off the cabinet doors, so have been trying to come up with a way to 'refinish' them so I can leave the doors on...
I have several ideas, but I also have looked at the product called 'Restorz-it'.
I'm sure a lot of you know about this stuff...I guess I have two questions (they have no help section or FAQ on the web site)...
1- has anyone here used this stuff and if so, did it work as advertised?
2- My cabinets are (cheap) oak, I would like to darken them up a little, add a reddish tint, like a Cherry or light Mahogany...the Restorz-it comes in many 'colors', they recommend using one close to the color you have, but I wonder if I used a color with a reddish hue, like the Cherry Wood color, would that work? Would it actually kind of 'stain' the cabinets with a reddish hue over the Oak?

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Why can't you take off the cabinet doors?

While I've heard of Restorz-it, I've never used or been around the product.

Exactly what is cheap oak? is it a veneer? or is it a printed laminate?

I've used tinted poly on both solid wood and veneers with good success although it can be a little tricky to apply. I wouldn't recommend it for a laminate surface.
 
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I've never heard of this product.

It's not the easiest product in the world with which to get good results but tinted polyurethane might do a good job for you on this without a whole lot of effort.

Why can't you take the doors off?

EDIT: Whoops, looks like Mark beat me to it
 
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Thank you both for the replies...
I have 16 cabinet doors...beleive it or not...it's gonna be a hell of a job taking them all off, not sure I am up to it (I have some physical problems that limit what I can do)...I may change my mind and try taking them off, but if I can avoid it, it will just be better (easier).

I have read reviews on the Restorz-It product, and 90% are good...the others seem to involve folks that didn't do the process quite right, but I'm in hopes some here have used it so I can get reviews I can trust.

I will look into the tinted polyurethane, thanks for the tip.

The cabinets have real wood doors & drawers, real Oak, but kinda thin (which I describe as 'cheap'), and the sides of the cabinets, at the ends, are veneer.

I plan on changing the color, with a tinted product of some sort, be it the polyureathane, Restorz-it, or something else...just need to avoid sanding, at least sanding much, of just the doors.
I want the doors to be more Cherry wood color, on the part that the doors are hung from, the fronts of the cabinet structure (best way I can think of the descride that) I will probably paint, along with the trim around the edges of the doors...I have the walls painted white above a chair rail and below the chair rail the bottom portion of the walls are painted an 'earhty' brick color...might incorpaorate a little touch of white in the doors by painting the routered edges of the trim white.

In case you would like to see the product:
Refinish Your Kitchen Cabinets and Furniture With Restorz-it
 
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If you take the doors off - a screw gun works great! take a magic marker and mark behind the hinges where each door goes, same thing for the drawers if it isn't obvious where they go [mark underneath or at the back]

If you go with tinted poly, you'll need to sand. Not a heavy duty sanding but just a quick scuff sand to help the poly adhere better. When using a tinted poly it is always best to finish with a clear coat of poly to protect the color coat from wear.
 
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Thanks for the heads up for using the poly...I think I can manage a little light sanding. I have an electric screwdriver, I guess I can take a door off and see if I think I can deal with the other 15...how'd I get so many doors ??
 
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how'd I get so many doors
It's all your wife's fault, she the one that wanted the house with the big kitchen

but if asked, I'll deny ever having made that remark
 
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I am the wife And, further more...I didn't ask for a big kitchen...fact is, my husband grew up in this old house, so I made the best of what we have ...
 
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ooops!!! open mouth and insert foot
 
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This is one of those times ya wanna do this

Don't forget to take your sock off
 
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I have given up on the Resortz-it product... I am just gonna keep it simple when I 'reface' my kitchen cabinets...I'll clean them up with the TSP.
Then I am going to just paint the trim around the edges of the doors the same color as the bottom portion of the walls, which I am going to change, keep the oak finish on the door panels as is, and add some nice new hardware.


Any suggestions?
 
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I like TSP on the exterior but not to fond of it for the interior. While TSP is a great cleaner it needs to be rinsed well! Failure to rinse well might lead to adhesion issues

Here's some more info about painting cabinets - http://www.doityourself.com/forum/pa...t-repaint.html
 
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HUH...and all I have seen is to clean the cabinets with TSP...go figure!!

Thanks for this link....I saved it and will study up... I so wanted a complete remake of the cabinets...but at my age, this will do...and I can still change my mind and come up with something else, but painting the cabniet trim and adding nice hardware seems enough and will make a big difference once I add a nice backsplash and re paint the walls.
I wanted to add crown moulding to the cabinets, but the ceiling above is slanting, so adding trim will just make it more obvious...and as I've learned, there doesn't seem to be a fix for that slant
 
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