I have solid oak Kitchen cabinets original when house built 18 yrs
ago. They have a light cherry stain and are in great shape. SMBO and
myself cleaned them twice a year with murphy's oil. The problem is the
wife wants to redo the cabinets in the light pickled look. The cabinet
doors and front frames look easy enough to stip the polyeurathane and
sand them. I'm concerned about the sides which are oak faced plywood.
Sanding the sides may be out of the question.
Looking for suggestions other than replacing all the sides and pickle
On 5 Nov 2003 03:42:55 -0800, firstname.lastname@example.org (dteckie) wrote:
I'm redoing mine right now...using a product called Ready Strip.
Bought it on QVC...but they have a web site, I think, where you can
Great product...no odor...no gloves necessary and no ventilation
necessary (for most people)...semi-paste...hardly runs...turns white
when its ready to come off...comes off as a dry product, not a gooey
mess...clean up with vacuum cleaner.
I stripped the doors with my RotoZip...'cause I could take them off
and outside...and did the frame with the rs.
Have a nice week...
Fighting for peace is like screwing for virginity!
I read the comments posted so far and no one has questioned exactly what you
plan to use for the finish coat - stain, oil or water based or oil or water
based paint? You can purchase or make your own for this finishing method and
that's what pickling is - a method not a finish.
If you're using either oil or a water based paint, I question the need to
strip the cabinets at all. A light sanding to provide some "tooth" in the
existing finish (after a thorough cleaning to remove the wax) is all that
should be necessary. Using a penetrating stain, would require getting down
to bare wood and since these have a finish on them already, you would never
get it out of the pores anyway even with a stripper and I don't see what you
would gain using that. A gel stain would be like using paint.
Check out the product instructions and see what they advise but I think
you're putting more effort into this than what is required to achieve the
same end result.
Use mineral spirits (as one example) to remove the wax and then follow that
with a good wipe down then a light sanding to scratch (150 grit) the
previous finish to give the next coat something to grip.
I'm not familiar with a lot of finishing products out there but as I recall,
the Minwax pickling product is a gel stain. You apply it to raw wood or
stained wood and rub it into the grain and then wipe off the excess to get
the look you want. You already have a dark color and it has a finish coat
so your options are a bit limited. I would take a door off and go to a local
shop that specializes in paints/finishes (like a Sherman Williams) and ask
them what product they would recommend.
I have a wife with similiar ambitions for me! My plan is to reface the
cabinets with a pva backed veneer. She has her heart set on hickory. For
the doors, I plan on making new ones out of solid hickory. I'm going to
finish them with watco wipe on poly. That's my plan and I'm sticking to it.
;-) Good luck and happy cabineting.
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