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General Questions

Q. Is Rust-Oleum Cabinet Transformations™ Wood Refinishing System Safe to Use?

A. Cabinet Transformations® Wood Refinishing System is safe to use and is low odor. All products in the system are water-based and can be cleaned up with soap and water. Use care and follow supplied instructions for wearing gloves and safety glasses as indicated.


Q. Does Cabinet Transformations® Wood Refinishing System Work On Laminate, Melamine, Or Metal Cabinetry?

A. No, Cabinet Transformations® Wood Refinishing System only works on real wood cabinets that are stained in natural wood colors.


Q. Can I Use Cabinet Transformations® Wood Refinishing System On Surfaces Other Than Kitchen Cabinetry?

A. No, Cabinet Transformations® Wood Refinishing System only works on real wood cabinets that are stained in natural wood colors.


Q. My Cabinets Are Dark Brown, Can I Transform Them To Be A Lighter Shade Using A Lighter Tint Base Color?

A. Cabinet Transformations® Wood Refinishing System is designed to restore the original color and beauty of your wood stained cabinetry. For more dramatic changes, the original stain color would need to be removed by sanding to bare wood, and then refinished with the wood stain color of your choice.

 

 

Preparation and Repair

Q. Do I Have To Strip Or Sand My Cabinets As Part Of The Preparation?

A. Stripping and sanding are not necessary with Cabinet Transformations® Wood Refinishing System. Simply use the Wood Cleaner and sponges provided to prepare your cabinets prior to applying the Color Enhancer and Protective Top Coat.


Q. Can I Change Out My Cabinet Hardware?

A. Yes, changing out cabinet knobs, pulls and handles is a great way to update and continue your transformation. Be sure to purchase new hardware prior to starting the Cabinet Transformations® application process. Check to see if new or different holes are needed. Fill all holes not needed with stainable wood filler. Allow to dry and sand smooth to the surrounding area. Once holes are filled, follow the normal Cabinet Transformations® application process.


Q. Do I Need To Remove Cabinet Doors And Hardware?

A. For best results, removing cabinet doors and all cabinet hardware is recommended. It will be easier to get a smooth finish when coating the doors while they are Laying flat.


Q. What Can I Use To Prop Up My Cabinet Doors During The Application Process?

A. To make the process easier, drive two drywall screws into a 2 x 4. Set two of these on your worktable to support each door and make the sides of your doors easier to coat. See the Instructional DVD included in the kit for further details.


Q. Can Cabinet Transformations® Wood Refinishing System Be Used On New Bare Wood Cabinets?

A. No, Cabinet Transformations® Wood Refinishing System has been designed for use on previously stained wood finishes.

 

Application Tips

Q. Should I Finish The Inside Of My Cabinet Frames Or Drawers?

A. It is recommended that all cabinet frames, doors and drawers be coated with two even coats of the Protective Top Coat. There is not, however, enough Protective Top Coat to cover the inside of the cabinet frames or drawers. To ensure a clean, even look, tape the insides edges of each cabinet frame with smooth painter’s tape. Be sure all edges are pressed down to ensure that none of the coating will be able to bleed through.


Q. How Do I Refinish Around Stoves, Dishwashers And Other Appliances?

A. Mask stoves, dishwashers and other appliances with smooth painter’s tape. Be diligent about pressing in the edge to ensure none of the coating will bleed through. Place drop cloths over countertop surfaces and floors.


Q. How Can I Avoid Potential Appearance Problems?

A. Start by thoroughly cleaning the surface with the Wood Cleaner and rinsing well with clean water and sponge. Be sure to remove the Color Enhancer with the lint-free cloths in the direction of the wood grain. Finally, use a new or clean premium quality brush to apply 2 coats of Protective Top Coat.


Q. Can I Spray Or Roll On Cabinet Transformations®?

A. It is not recommended to spray or roll on the Color Enhancer. The Color Enhancer needs to be worked into the surface with a foam brush, and removed with a clean Lint-free cloth. The Protective Top Coat has been formulated and designed for optimal application with a brush, but can be sprayed with the proper equipment. To spray the Protective Top Coat, reduce with up to 10% water and use a HVLP sprayer at 35psi. Ideal spray temperature and humidity conditions are 78ºF with 35% humidity.


Q. How Do Humidity And Temperature Affect The Coating Application Process?

A. Higher humidity will cause the coating to dry more slowly while lower humidity Will cause the coating to dry more quickly. Apply when air (ambient) temperature is 50-90ºF (10-32ºC) and relative humidity is below 60%.


Q. How Do I Dispose Of Unused Product And Soiled Rags Or Brushes?

A. Cover any unused products tightly for storage. All tools can be cleaned with water. Discard unwanted product according to local regulations.


Q. How Long Should I Wait Before Installing My Cabinet Doors, Drawers And Hardware After Using Cabinet Transformations® ?

A. Cabinet doors, drawers and hardware can be installed as early as 12 hours after the final coat of Protective Top Coat has been applied. Keep drawers and doors ajar until the Protective Top Coat is completely dry. Install plastic or cork bumpers. The Protective Top Coat will cure completely after 7-10 days.


Q. How Do I Dispose of Unused Product and Soiled Rags Or Brushes?

A. Cover any unused, unmixed products tightly for storage. Any mixed Protective Top Coat material will harden and cannot be reused. Cover mixed Protective Top Coat securely, allow to harden in the container, and discard according to local regulations. Adhesive Base Coat tools can be cleaned with water.

Maintenance and Care

Q. How Do I Safely Maintain My New Cabinet Transformations® Surface?

A. Caring for your resurfaced cabinets is easy. To clean the surface, use a damp cloth Or sponge and a mild soap or detergent. Avoid using cleaners on new cabinetry For 7 days.


Q. How Long Will Cabinet Transformations® Last?

A. With normal use and proper care, your refinished surface will last for years.

 

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