Asked on Sep 24, 2012

What can i use to restain kitchen cabinets without sanding them first?

Tammy SeaJames GregoireKMS Woodworks


They have a clear polyulearn on them now. they are oak cabinets.
3 answers
  • KMS Woodworks
    on Sep 24, 2012

    Connie....the far majority of wood stains are normally applied to bare wood then a protective top layer is applied...In commercial factories this is often a Catalyzed lacquer, not a poly. If you are looking to darken them you could apply a new layer of Polyshades (stain and poly together) but I have found that product to be a real challenge to make it look good. As with any re-finishing project good solid prep work will prpvide the best results and in the case of kitchens a deep cleaning is needed to remove any hint os of soiling or oil / grease residue. TSP is often used as s final addtional issue with "sanding" is it provides a bit of "bite" for the new finish.

  • James Gregoire
    on Apr 23, 2015


  • Tammy Sea
    on Jul 15, 2015

    There's a product out now that requires no sanding - I've refinished two items now with it and it looks great. It's called Rust-Oleum Cabinet Transformations and it comes in many colors. You can find it at Home Depot. :)

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