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Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by RUSS Excellent for Some Jobs, Not Others
I got two very different results on two different jobs. On a coffee table that had a very "hard" finish, but by no means sealed, the product didn't sink in very well and didn't accomplish much. On my kitchen cabinets that had more open pore wood, the results were much better. The product sunk in and cabinets that I was thinking of painting or replacing now look excellent. In retrospect maybe it's just common sense, the wood you are treating has to be able to absorb the product to work well. BTW my 8 oz. container did both jobs, with some left over. I did the cabinets about 10 years after the table and the product was still in great shape.
May 31, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by DIYer52 This Stuff Really Works!
I have a 20+ year old oak table that was marred by white heat marks, etc. I thought I had no option but to refinish it. While looking for products to do so, I saw this. Although skeptical, I thought I had nothing to lose since I planned to refinish the table anyway. I applied according to directions, with fine steel wool. Within minutes, the finish was restored. I topped it off with a coat of Howard's Feed-N-Wax, and the table looks almost new. The heat marks are gone. Sure beats a total refinish job.
March 31, 2010
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Mark Fabulous Product
I just used this (light oak) on my 20 year old Merolat cabinets in the kitchen. I didn't used the steel wool, just an old washcloth to put it on with some rubber gloves on. It took me about 30 minutes to apply and wipe off the excess. The cabinets now look 10 years younger, I will apply the wax next weekend for a protective shine. This is a great product and I have used it before on an old china cabinet to spruce it up, just wipe on and wipe off. I am sure if I used steel wool it would even look better, but hey, I am happy as it is doing it the lazy and simple way, great stuff!
November 6, 2011
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Becky Save me a bunch of $$ & work
I love this product! My kitchen oak cabinets looked really worn and had some water damage on the doors below the sink. I wasn't sure if this product would work but decided to try it. I’m so glad I did. They look so much better and now I don't have to paint or replace them. This product is very easy to use. I don't think it will hide large stains but it took care of scratches and small imperfections. Wish I took a before & after photo of them because I still can't believe how good they turned out.
November 5, 2013
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Hulalu Improved Finish
This product seems more like a colored furniture polish. It made an amazing improvement to the faded rattan on the backs of my dining chairs. It improved the pine dining table surface, but not to the degree I expected after watching the videos. The videos show the finish looking almost like new. My table has minimal damage. However after treatment, the scratches remain as well as a liquid mark, plus dull spots where I used the steel wool as directed. Granted they are far less noticeable than before treatment and you only see the latter at certain angles. Perhaps my table was finished with polyurethane which isn't as accepting. The product was VERY easy and FAST to use. I'm wondering if it will hold up to occasional damp cleanings? I would recommend this as a quick fix to improve the finish maybe 50%. It may work better on another type of finish.
February 22, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by KCShopper Fantastic Product!
I wanted to repair oak bathroom cabinets that had slight water damage. I didn't want to strip or refinish the wood and found this product at Home Depot. I used very fine steel wool, applied the restorer, then to preserve the wood, followed with the companion product - Howard Feed-N-Wax. Followed all directions. The results were amazing.... the cabinets looked new. I have also used the restorer on oak woodwork trim that had been scratched or nicked over the years. Worked just great. I am recommending this product to friends and family.
November 9, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Nota It works!
Our 20 year old cabinets, showed what you would have expected normal wear, a little water damage here and there. Everything you would expect from a family over 20 years. I took my time, washed the cabinets off to remove any greese. Then used 0000 steel wool to apply the Howards product. In the water stained areas next to the dishwasher, I applied the product liberaly allowed it to soak in. Then did the same to all the cabinets. Gave everything a few hours to dry, and applied the feed an wax treatment. Great products. look like new cabinets.
March 11, 2014
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by stpaulperson Pluses & Minuses
This product really does improve a worn finish including the white rings that often show up on shellaced wood. However if you intend to later fully refinish the piece be warned that in places where the old finish was scratched the Restor-a-finish will soak into the wood and darken it significantly. Then the scratches are very dark and can't be lightened to match the rest of the piece when you do the refinish.
January 1, 2014