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Old 05-07-2013, 03:31 PM   #1
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Rejuvenate Cabinet Doors

Hi all,

I have a 1994 Pace Arrow 33. Most of the cabinet doors have lost their shine and seem very "dry" (not cracking) - I'm sure due to sun/uv exposure. Can anyone tell me what was used originally and/or what I should now use on them to bring them back to life?

I don't really want to use a urethane type product as they do not seem to currently have that type of "coating" and I'm not ready to do a full blown "restoration" project at this time. I suspect tung or some oil is the best approach but really need some guidance.

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Hello JD,
We liked a product so well in our stick home, that we used it in the Diplomat---great results. We have the Light-to-medium Oak interior cabinets in the Motorhome. The product is called Restorz-It (McFate's Restorz-It Wood Finish Restorer) We got it on-line at www.restorzit.com or 1-800-759-4345. It comes in 3 color choices, Light, Medium, and Dark. We bought 2 bottles (10 Oz. bottles). One bottle we bought is the cleaner/degreaser if needed, and the other one is the restorer in the Medium color. The cleaner/degreaser was not used in the Diplomat, just the restorer, but you can use it if deep cleaning is required first. One bottle of the restorer is enough for 2 houses (at least), so it is a great value. The medium color worked great for our light-medium color Oak cabinets. Look like new now. Hope this helps
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We use this product Liberon Finishing Oil, Liter - Amazon.com the more coats the more glossy. For a semi gloss finish do about three coats.
We used it on our front door https://skydrive.live.com/?cid=ae67f...2766057%211435

And these bowls https://skydrive.live.com/?cid=ae67f...92766057%21909

Also on this game box https://skydrive.live.com/?cid=ae67f...2766057%212115

These finishes have lasted for years. It's food safe and easy, just wipe on with a paper rag like you get a Sam's Club. Scott Shop Rags In A Box - 200 Pack / 8 bx. - Sam's Club=

Very little sanding is required, the les the better. Just enough to knock off any gloss finish and flaking.

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From several reviews on several RV forums about 1 1/2 yrs ago, I bought and used Howard Restor-A-Finish. You can find it at places like Lowe's and Home Depot. I used it on every piece of wood in the RV. You would not believe the difference between putting it on old, dried out wood. I would caution you to start at one spot and continue around the whole coach till you meet up with where you started and have the windows open while you are doing it. It took me a few weeks only doing a couple hours at a time. But this coach does have lots of real wood in it.
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Thank you to everyone. All suggestions appear to be good products. I'm going to try the Howard's product that PyrateSilly recommended as I get it locally.

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Just remember to have windows open as there may be fumes with any of them.
Since we did have the RV in storage at the time and I could go just about any time that I wanted to work on things I took my time doing the wood. Even with all the wood in here I might have used only 1 can of the stuff.
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Or.... You could try something like this to make it modern. Its really all a matter of personal preference.

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Before and after. I removed all doors, took off all hinges and handles. We just rubbed the wood with mineral, and painted. Semi gloss white. Roughed up all hinges and handles, then sprayed the black metallic rustoleum.
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This is just a thought that ran through my simple brain but I wonder how wiping them with Zep Wet Look would work. If some put it on their outside and it makes it shine so good and last so long it would probably work on cabinets too. Might take a small door or drawer and try it. If it works it sure would be faster and cheaper. Have to put it on real light so you get no runs.
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I'm going to try the Howard's product that PyrateSilly recommended as I get it locally.
It is done and looks fantastic! I am really happy with the results. The only problem is that the cabinet doors (real wood) look great which makes the surrounding plastic veneer stuff look less than great. :-) Another project, I suppose...

Thank you all for the ideas and suggestions.
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