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Forum topic by warrenn posted 07-22-2012 07:24 PM 1427 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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warrenn

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07-22-2012 07:24 PM

I’ve done some wood finishing in the past, but it has just been simple staining and oiling. I’m thinking of getting unfinished kitchen cabinets and finishing them myself. I’d like to know what the best way to do the finish would be.

I’ve looked at a few wood finishing books, but they seem to cover wood finishing in general and do not cover kitchen cabinets specifically. I’m hoping some of you guys with more experience can tell me what type of finishes are best and how to best apply them for long lasting durability in the kitchen. Also, I’d be interested in any books you would recommend for finishing kitchen cabinets.


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#1 posted 07-22-2012 07:50 PM

everyone has different opinions about finishing,for kitchen cabinets I use a good stain and cover it with three coats of water base polyurathane,just because clean up is easier than oil base.Also I use oil base stain,it seems to soak in better. I also apply stain with a rag rather than a brush, I can’t see appling it with a brush then wiping the excess off with a rag.

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#2 posted 07-23-2012 02:38 AM

Thanks for the info. What technique do you use to apply the polyurathane layers after the stain? And what about the inside cabinet? It seems most have a clear coat of some kind. What is that and how does it usually get applied?

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#3 posted 07-23-2012 04:54 AM

I like to brush on the poly and scuff it between coats.I also use poly isside the cabinets.Some of the unfinished cabinets I have seem needed to be sanded quite a bit before I would even start finishing.where ever they where routed was always rough.so check them over good before you start any finish.

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