Loading
Home.Tips.Net Home Improvement Tips

Touching Up Cabinets

Over time, all cabinets will become nicked, damaged, or gouged in some way or another. While you can always allow the situation to remain, you don't have to live with it like that. Touching up cabinets is a relatively easy way to fix any small problem that you may have, and doesn't take a whole lot of work or experience to accomplish. All you really need to do is follow these guidelines, and you can quickly having your cabinets looking great again.

  • Remove old lacquer. Lacquer is one of the most common types of varnish or sealer used by manufacturers to give a cabinet its look. In order to begin touching up a cabinet, you need to remove the lacquer that is around the damaged area. This will allow you to get a better look when you are finished. Apply a little lacquer thinner to a cloth, and work the thinner into the wood.
  • Spray on new lacquer. You can purchase some spray on lacquer at most home improvement stores, so pick some up that matches the current color of your cabinets. Carefully follow the directions on the back of the spray can, and apply the lacquer to your cabinets. Between each application, allow each coat to dry. This will allow you to more exactly match the current color of your cabinets.
  • Touch up directly. For small damaged areas, get a can of touch up lacquer and apply it with a brush. Once again, allow the lacquer to dry completely between each application. Use the smallest brush possible, to avoid any over application. If you are nervous at all about "painting" the lacquer on by hand, then feel free to practice a little bit.
  • Sand rough edges if necessary. Once you have applied the lacquer to the cabinets, you may want do a little sanding. Often when you apply lacquer to an area it will not match the previous lacquer exactly. Usually there is some kind of discrepancy in the depths which will give a rough appearance to your cabinets. If you notice this with your cabinets, you may need to do a little sanding. When you sand these rough areas, use the lightest possible touch to ensure that you don't inadvertently cause more damage. Continue to sand the areas until you can tell no difference between the new lacquered areas and the old by touch.

Related Tips:

Find the Right Tool Right Away Finally, a homeowner's set that includes all the tools needed to complete basic DIY projects at an affordable price! The tools are stored in a molded case for security and portability. Check out Stanley 65-Piece Homeowner's Tool Kit today!

 

Comments for this tip:

There are currently no comments for this tip. (Be the first to leave your comment—just use the simple form below!)

Leave your own comment:

*Name:
Email:
  Notify me about new comments ONLY FOR THIS TIP
Notify me about new comments ANYWHERE ON THIS SITE
Hide my email address
*Text:
*What is 4+5 (To prevent automated submissions and spam.)
 
          Commenting Terms
 
 

Our Company

Sharon Parq Associates, Inc.

About Tips.Net

Contact Us

 

Advertise with Us

Our Privacy Policy

Our Sites

Tips.Net

Beauty and Style

Cars

Cleaning

Cooking

DriveTips (Google Drive)

ExcelTips (Excel 97–2003)

ExcelTips (Excel 2007–2013)

Gardening

Health

Home Improvement

Money and Finances

Organizing

Pests and Bugs

Pets and Animals

WindowsTips (Microsoft Windows)

WordTips (Word 97–2003)

WordTips (Word 2007–2013)

Our Products

Premium Newsletters

Helpful E-books

Newsletter Archives

 

Excel Products

Word Products

Our Authors

Author Index

Write for Tips.Net

Copyright © 2014 Sharon Parq Associates, Inc.