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mrsiefken
Removing discoloration from cabinet hardware

We are upgrading our hardware on our kitchen cabinets, Old hardware had larger footprint. Wood under old hardware is darker than cabinet stain. Any ideas on how to remove discoloration and return surface to original stain color?

A. Spruce
Re: Removing discoloration from cabinet hardware
mrsiefken wrote:

Any ideas on how to remove discoloration and return surface to original stain color?

Not without refinishing the cabinets.

ordjen
Re: Removing discoloration from cabinet hardware

Most older cabinets actually have a lacquer type finish. Lacquer was popular with the manufacturers because it is very fast drying. Lacquers, unlike oil enamels, will re-dissolve in the presence of its solvent - lacquer thinner. I would suggest you take a rag of T-Shirt type jersey cloth, fold it into a pad, saturate it with lacquer thinner and then rub around the area where the old finish has worn away. If it is old fashioned lacquer, it should immediately start to dissolve the finish and also the stain underneath. If this is the case, you should redistribute the finish around the face of the door or drawer and then let it re-harden. If the look is satisfactory, you can then spray on a refresher coat of lacquer. Spray cans work quite well for this.

DO NOT USE URETHANE over the old lacquer finish unless you first spray on a coat of de-waxed shellac. De-waxed shellac will stick to almost any finish and almost any finish will stick to it. Zinssers' BIN clear shellac in the spray can is de-waxed.

dcalabro
Re: Removing discoloration from cabinet hardware

Have you tried simple cleaners mean for wood? With a solid wood cabinet I've had success in the past just by cleaning a little with goo-gone to try to dissolve any oils that may have built up just test a hidden spot first since some products may destroy the finish.

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