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Question: I am interested
in giving my kitchen cabinets a "facelift." They are old and dingy-looking.
I'm not sure what kind of wood they're made of, but they are stained
a reddish brown and appear to have a thin coat of a clear finish
over them. I would like to avoid stripping and re-staining them;
I would simply like to enhance the existing finish and make it look
a little richer.
Is this even possible? Any suggestions would be
if you are not interested in dramatically changing the existing
color of your cabinets, it is possible to refurbish them
without stripping them. Briwax is excellent for cleaning and rejuvenating
old, dirty, dried-out finishes. It cleans away the dark sticky build-up,
covers nicks and scratches, and removes watermarks.
Briwax is a blend of beeswax and carnauba with a toluene solvent;
the solvent helps clean and even partially re-amalgamate old lacquer
and shellac finishes, while the wax blend dries to a hard, durable
film that protects against dust, fingerprints and spills, without
ever building up. We carry Briwax in seven colors, plus clear. Apply
a thin coating in the appropriate color with a fine white Scotch-Brite pad or 4/0 steel wool, let dry a few minutes, then
buff to desired finish with a soft, clean, lint-free cloth, such as our Finishing Cloths .
Be sure to use solvent-resistant gloves and adequate ventilation
when using Briwax, as the toluene does have an odor to it. If your
cabinets are extremely dirty, you may want to clean them first with
mineral spirits and 4/0 steel wool; this will save you a little
elbow grease when it comes to using the Briwax.
Briwax can also be used on smooth, dry and clean unsealed wooden
surfaces. Improved shine and durability can be achieved by first
sealing the surface with sanding sealer. Multiple coats will give increased
hardness and shine. Before applying Briwax to protect a newly
finished surface, be sure to allow the maximum curing time for the
Normal maintenance for a Briwax-ed surface is a wipe with a soft,
clean, lint-free cloth. A dulled shine can easily be buffed back
without the use of furniture sprays. Should buffing not bring back
the luster you once had, just apply some fresh Briwax to renew the
finish. A non-abrasive general purpose spray cleaner can also be
used to remove surface dirt without damaging the Briwax coating.
Note: Some finishes due to age or quality may not be compatible
with Briwax; we recommend you test a small hidden area first.