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Old 01-18-2014, 06:24 PM   #1
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Re-stain cabinets

Looking at a coach with oak cabinets and really don't like the look of oak. I have it in my current rv. Has anyone tried to re-stain them darker?
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I have not tried and I do not think I would

I think you will find much of the "wood" in many RV's is not wood but pressed wood covered with a vinyl or other material. If your coach is like that it would be a tough job staining them. Vinyl may react to stain, it cannot be sanded or "removed".

Doors are sometimes wood and some of the surrounding cabinetry is this faux wood.
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There are gel stains that may work for you. You prep with a good cleaning, apply the stain and then wipe the stain off until you reach your desired darkness. It takes some practice. A regular oil-based stain will be a lot of work as you would have to sand the old finish off. And that only works if all of the so called "wood" is really wood. Most likely, the large "wood" surfaces are plywood or particle board covered by a very thin veneer or contact paper. Personally, I prefer lighter interiors. There are ways to make your cabinets look however you'd like, it's just a matter of knowledge, skill, and practice. Good luck.
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You could try the stain and poly combo. I don't know how it would react with the plastic covered cabinet boxes if that is what they are.
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Country Coach uses real wood for their cabinets, nothing is "wrapped in vinyl". And there is no particle board used.

I would talk to a furniture refinisher and see what they recommend. You could try some darker stain but it might turn out splotchy because of the finish currently on the cabinets. CC put a lacquer finish on the cabinets so that will probably have to come off
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I do not believe you will get consistent coverage with any kind of stain. But paint would cover what is there. You would still have to prepare surfaces to take paint, like sanding and getting any oil off, like in the kitchen. Best of luck in your choices.

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Lacquer undercoat, tinted glaze, tinted lacquer. Had not seen that before. Very impressive.

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