Glazing over oak cabinets

by Wnk2221758
Can I glaze over shiny oak cabinets to make them darker or do I need to lightly sand them so they will adhere?
  8 answers
  • Rosaide Rosaide on Sep 03, 2015
    When I did my kitchen cabinets I used Laquer thinner first..., I thought I will skip the sanding It was a mess and it took forever, just sand them and you will save time. If you don´t sand them they won´t take the new stain or it will be uneven. Good luck! Post the before and after picture! ; )
  • S S on Sep 03, 2015
    Yes. If you want to paint anything, if it's shiny it must be treated first for the paint to stick. You can sand . Or their is a product called liquid sandpaper you can wipe on. That also will pretreat without sanding.
  • Harriet Jones Zimmerman Harriet Jones Zimmerman on Sep 03, 2015
    Yes, you must sand to give the surface "tooth" so that the application of stain will stay on. A light sanding, not taking the current stuff off. I would try an inconspicuous place first. Rather safe than sorry.
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Sep 03, 2015
    I would sand them first before applying glaze.I do not think the new finish will adhere.
  • Diane Blank Diane Blank on Sep 03, 2015
    They have many new paints that say you do not need to sand first but I would highly recommend that you lightly sand the surface first. With a project like cabinets, why take a chance?
  • Alita Knupp Kiss Alita Knupp Kiss on Sep 03, 2015
    I used a product called Restorzit on my bed, a rocker and an old antique stand/bookcase/ All the instructions said to do was use the special soap to clean the item to get all the old dirt, wax etc off it first. Then I took a clean lint free cloth and rubbed several coats of the finish letting it dry in between coats. It turned out very shiny and beautiful. No sanding at all. I was not in the market to take the old finish off, sand, stain and seal these items. I plan to do my kitchen cabinets someday. There were 3 finishes, light, medium and dark,but by now there may be more.
  • Brenda Neagle Brenda Neagle on Sep 03, 2015
    Java Gel Stain is AMAZING. Great to darken cabinets or furniture without stripping and restaining.
  • Z Z on Sep 03, 2015
    Are you wanting to darken the finish on the whole cabinet or just add glazing to somewhat darken them as in the picture below?