by Sal Marino
Before you decide to strip that scratched, crazed
or crackled finish, you should try Howard's Restor-A-Finish.
There are many other types of amalgamators and products that claim to
remove scratches and restore the luster and beauty to a finish. Until
now, I have never found one that I can actually say I like enough to use
it on my own furniture. Howard's Restor-A-Finish really works! It is so
easy to use: simply rub it on with the grain using 0000 steel wool or a
pad of toweling. Scratches, crazing, water marks and heat rings simply
disappear. It will bring back the original color and luster of the
finish. To date, I have tested Restor-A-Finish on a number of pieces of
furniture and the results have been great. I have found that if you simply follow
instructions, it's very hard to make a mistake. It should perform
perfectly especially on old pieces which have been finished with
varnish, lacquer or shellac. The only finishes that it is not
recommended for use on are polyurethanes, new imitation finishes or
water based finishes.
Restor-A-Finish is a unique finish-penetrating formula that restores the
original color and luster to your finish while blending out the blemishes and
minor scratches. Restor-A-Finish restores the finish in one step - without
removing any of the existing finish.
It is the stain in Restor-A-Finish, combined with its unique ability to
penetrate without removing any of the existing finish, that enables anyone to
easily and permanently eliminate blemishes in wood finishes. Scratches,
oxidation, white heat rings, water marks, smoke damage, sun fade, etc., quickly
disappear. Kitchen cabinets can be successfully restored in hours instead of
days. An old garage sale piece can be transformed into attractive furniture in
Technically speaking, Restor-A-Finish amalgamates with the finish just enough to
allow the stain in the product to pass through the finish surface. The solvents
evaporate before any of the existing finish is removed, restoring the original
color and luster while blending out the blemishes and minor scratches.
A stripper is designed to dissolve and remove the entire wood finish, including
the stain. A "refinisher" product (sometimes confused with, but nothing like
Restor-A-Finish) basically removes just the top finish.
The Restor-A-Finish concept is to permanently revive and restore the original
color and luster in one step, without removing any of the existing finish. Most
wood finishes that seem to need a complete refinishing job can be completely
restored in a few minutes with this simple wipe-on, wipe-off process.