gloss over cabinet veneer?

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Forum topic by teejay posted 07-26-2010 03:02 AM 1125 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-26-2010 03:02 AM

I put some cherry paperbacked veneer over some crappy formica cabinets. The cabinets are still on the wall and I put some wipe on satin poly gel (from rockler) that I really like on the cabinets. The client wants the cabinets to be shinier (semi gloss), my problem is this…

1. They wanted this project to be cheap (don’t they all)
2. Its not practical to take the cabinets down and reinstall, so spraying is out of the question

Taking into account the “cheap” request, I don’t think rubbing out a finish on 15’ of upper cabinets is really going to be cost effective. Is there a product that wipes on as a semi gloss that will be applicable on vertical surfaces? That will dry flat and smooth? I know I could spray a varnish or even a poly on them and get them smooth but if that is my only option then these cheap cabinets get expensive very quickly (same problem with rubbing out)

Thanks for the help

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#1 posted 07-26-2010 04:21 AM

Teejay, wipe on poly will work just fine. It goes on relatively fast and dries quickly. The sheen for the project will be the end result of the final topcoat so you can put a semi-gloss or even gloss over the satin poly to get a shiner finish.

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#2 posted 07-28-2010 04:18 AM


Bingo for what Scott said. DO it quick and get out.


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