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10-04-2012 09:56 PM

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I have been quiet on line for the last 6 weeks or so because I have been remolding our kitchen.
As usual I took everything out (including the sheetrock and the floor) and rebuilt the kitchen basically from scratch but I reuse the cabinets which are 30 years old but in excellent shape, no reason to replace them.
I have stripped them to bare wood, they are made of ash-wood.
How do you recommend to refinish them?
My idea is to use an oil stain and then to spray two coats of satin polyurethane.
What do you think?
Thank you.

-- Bert

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#1 posted 10-04-2012 09:59 PM

Thats what I do, rub-in the stain, 2 coats poly and yes I like “satin poly” for the finish

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#2 posted 10-04-2012 11:08 PM

Sounds workable. With both coats rubbed out and perhaps waxed, you should have a baby skin smooth finish to be proud of.
Be careful to thoroughly neutralize the stripper.

-- Dan Krager, Olney IL

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#3 posted 10-04-2012 11:09 PM

”...because I have been remolding our kitchen.”

What kind of mold are you using now? :)

(I knew what you meant, just couldn’t resist!)

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#4 posted 10-04-2012 11:47 PM

How do you neutralize the stripper?
I use a water base citrus stripper which by the way works excellent, smells good and do not burn the skin.
I am rinsing with lot of water.

-- Bert

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#5 posted 10-05-2012 12:59 AM

The citrus stripper does not need to be neutralized.

Check to insure that it does not contain methylene chloride.

If you must, mineral spirits will help in the cleanup effort.

-- Nicky

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#6 posted 10-05-2012 01:13 AM

Good plan; straightforward and uncomplicated.

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#7 posted 10-05-2012 01:57 AM

The citrus stripper I used had a separate bottle of neutralizer. It should tell on the label. If not then wipe them down with mineral spirits and let them set for 24 hours before staining. Years ago I saw a fellow that didn’t let his sit for 24 hours and his finish bubbled up as I remember it. Whatever happened it wasn’t good. The instructor told him he did wipe it down and let it dry over night.

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#8 posted 10-05-2012 12:45 PM

“How do you neutralize the stripper?”

I’d give her a roll of quarters instead of the usual fist full of dollar bills :)

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