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Thread: Refinishing cherry wood kitchen cabinets?

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    Anona Jean
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    Default Refinishing cherry wood kitchen cabinets?

    When I built my house around 8 yrs ago I installed cherry wood kitchen cabinets and over the years there are some minor scuffs and the joints in the doors are starting to show through. I was wondering what is the easiest way to take the scuffs out and make those joints not show through as much? Should varnish do it or should I use something else?

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    Retired Defense Industry Engineer jadnashua's Avatar
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    You need to try to figure out what finish is on there now as some are incompatible and you'll really end up with a mess if you mix things. refinishing kitchen cabinets requires a really good cleaning first, as there's likely a coating of grease and crud over things now, and you won't get a good flow of any new finish unless that is cleaned off first. Also, with cherry, the wood will likley have darkened considerably, and any touchup may have lighter spots if any sanding was required. Cherry is a hard wood to refinish and have look good. I doubt it is varnish...it's probably some form of polyurethane. If you know the brand and style, you may be able to research on-line or call the manufacturer for their recommendations.
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