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liz205
Removing Pickeling from Cabinets

Hi! I am looking for some help in removing the pickeling from my kitchen and bath cabinets. Cabinets are oak and I did not pickel them. I absolutely HATE the pickeling. Too much pink in it for my taste and it depresses me. I would like to make the cabinets a dark rich color (like a jacobean). Ansy suggestions to help get that crap off will be appreciated!! HELP!!

libcarp
Re: Removing Pickeling from Cabinets

It's going to be hard to get the paint out of the pores of an open grain wood like oak. Use a chemical stripper to remove the majority of the paint/finish and then you may want to look into something like a gel stain that sits on top of the wood.

liz205
Re: Removing Pickeling from Cabinets
libcarp wrote:

It's going to be hard to get the paint out of the pores of an open grain wood like oak. Use a chemical stripper to remove the majority of the paint/finish and then you may want to look into something like a gel stain that sits on top of the wood.

Thanks for the advice. I had not thought about using a gel stain, but I will give it a try on the back of one of the cabinet doors.

J Roper
Re: Removing Pickeling from Cabinets

Pickeling was a trend that came and went. If you see pink it sounds like red oak.
The good news is that if you're thinking Jacobean you can make a glaze of polyeurathane and stain and go over the pickeling. As long as they were not done in laquer, this process will work fine.
Sand the doors, styles, rails , sides and what ever else there is and be sure that the oils from hands over the years is cleaned off from around knobs and door corners, etc.
Mix about 1/2 pint stain to a quart of eurathane to start. Test an area on the back of a door and see what it does before you get to far along. Getting the mix right is the key and they will not need to be stripped.
You can create a dark glaze over a pickeled finish with very good results. If the test area looks too light, try a second coat before adding more stain to the mix.

liz205
Re: Removing Pickeling from Cabinets

Thanks JRoper! Another good suggestion that I had not thought of either. I am just ready to get rid of that darn pickling. The pink color depresses me. It is in the kitchen and both bathrooms. The former owner went a bit overboard with the pickling. She even had the master bedroom painted a pale shade of pink!!! WAY too much for me!!!

Thanks again. I'll give this a try too!!!

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