Rated 4.0 out of 5 by 583
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Vince Works well and easy to use
My fifty year old cabinets look brand new. The clear coat was flaking off so I had to sand all the surfaces and then I wiped them down with acetone. Never used the deglosser. I used a foam roller for the first coat of Cocoa colored bond coat and feathered it out with the brush, goes on faster that way, when it dried I did the same with the second coat. I tried the glaze on a small section and did not see where it made much difference on the dark color so I did not use it. I brushed on the clear top coat without any problems, I did not thin it with water. put it on thin and keep that brush moving. After doing the small kitchen pictured, I still had almost a full quart of bond coat left.
September 12, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Glenn What a Difference!! Worth the time.
I have a rental where the kitchen cabinets are over 30 years old. The base unit is 5' long and the upper cabinets are 8' long. I have a total of 10 cabinet doors. Not a large kitchen unit and the doors are pretty flat. The draws are in very good condition and rolls in & out with one finger. Upper cabinets are in good shape too. Everything is all wood not the composite pressure wood. So I hated to replace them.
Saw this kit and decided I'd give it a try, if it didn't work I'll replace the cabinets. The whole project took me about 7 days to complete doing about 3-5 hours per day. I also wanted to change the location of the door knobs that were in the middle of the doors. The base cabinet wood doors were in poor shape with the finish coming off and de-laminating a little in the corner. First I had to fix the wood laminated doors with glue and clamps. Next I sanded the base doors since the finish was coming off. The the upper cabinets over the stove had a lot of grease on them.
I used a palm sander to sand everything to get the grease off then used the kit deglosser and scrub pad to go over everything. They give you a lot so don't be shy in using a lot. I let this dry over night and then put on the bond coat. (the color I used was Rustic) This process took awhile and I let it dry over night. I also did the inside of the doors with the bond coat. Also did the cabinet frames on the wall and base unit.
The next day I put the second bond coat on and it started looking a lot nicer. Again I let it dry over night. Next was the decorative glaze. They give you plenty of glazing cloth so use it. This process was a little tricky in that you had to wipe the glaze at the same pressure so it looks uniform and go with the grain of the wood. The glaze makes a big difference in that it brings out the wood grain. You could probably do this 2 times to make it darker but I only did it once.
Now comes the real tricky part putting on the protective top coat. Read a few reviews where it didn't work out for them. Before I tried it on the cabinet door I had a piece of sample pine that I had done while doing the process. I tried using a good stain 2" brush on the sample. Then I tried a satin polyurethane that I had on the sample. The kit top coat look better than the satin.
I also tried the 2" foam brush and found that was better than the good stain brush I had used. Because the top coat dries so fast, I decided to us a 3" foam brush to do the flat part of the doors and a 1" foam brush to do the small edge of the doors. You really have to put on the top coat very fast and only have time to make one brush stroke count. Then I used the 1" foam brush to do the edge again very quickly using 1 stroke. Do not try to go back over it or you'll mess it up. I let it dry over night and then I sanded it very lightly and applied a 2nd top coat to help cover anything that I might have missed.
The whole process came out a lot better than what I expected. I kept the same hinges but cleaned them up and then bought new door knobs. I am very happy with the results. It's very time consuming and you can't rush it but it was worth it.
August 5, 2016
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by bob What a disappointment!
So I purchased the small kit for my bathroom. Used the deglosser - OK... The bond coat - OK after applying 2 coats... The glaze - OK. It gave the cabinets a darker color.. The top coat - poor quality. Don't waste your time and purchase a third party finisher. What is most disappointing is how easy the paint chips/scuffs no matter how lightly it touches something. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had to sand and touch up the paint after the cabinets were slightly nicked. This product is NOT durable. Would I use it product again? Absolutely Not. Earlier in the year, I had my kitchen cabinets painted by my painter who used Insl-X CabinetCoat and is proving to be much durable.
September 15, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Ahensley Love it!!!!!
This stuff is amazing!!! Easy to use!!!! The DVD made it's so easy because I am a visual person
October 23, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by RC performed as advertized
I refinished two tired 15 year old oak bath vanities, I wanted to try the product on a smaller project before I tackle the kitchen. First I scrubbed the cabinets with TSP. After that I scrubbed wit her the deglazer. It worked well but you do need to buy more scrubbing pads as people have mentioned. The guy in the Home Depot Paint Department talked me out of using primer and he was rightthetwo coats of bonding went on smooth, I used chocolate color and it looked good even before the glaze. The grain showed through nice and even the fake wood sides of the cabinets looked good. The glaze was easy to apply and made the cabinets look more rich. I noticed some reviews that said the protective coating was hard to use. I had no such issues, it worked well. All of the products were very low odor and water based. I finished the project with new handles bought in 4 packs from Home Depot. The handles really finished the look. I recommend you buy a new high quality 2" brush for about 17 dollars and watch the included video several times. I am moving on to my kitchen with confidence. I plan on doing that in chocolate with a White Island.
October 22, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by monie925 waste of time and money
my wife and I recently started remodeling our kitchen and wanted to redo the cabinets without actually needing to redo the cabinets. we purchased this product and followed every instruction. The deglosser does not work, we ended up scraping and sanding everything. the paint came out horrible and the protective gloss, ugh don't get me started. we've ended up needing to buy new paint and had to start over. This product cost us time and out hard earned money. we could have put that money towards the remodel. so frustrated with this purchase and what makes it worse is I can't even return it. If you want to save time and money just go ahead redo your cabinets the old school way.
September 10, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Eyvette SOOOOOO HAPPY!!!
my awesomely fantastic Mom and I completed this project in two weekends. Yes it took longer than what the video indicated but it was so so worth it! I couldn't have been more pleased with the outcome! I did read the other reviews so I knew to add 2 tablespoons of water to step number 3 and it went on smoothly without a problem. I keep going in my kitchen turning the lights on and off and saying to myself I did this!
May 6, 2016
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Susan DO NOT USE TOP COAT IN KIT
All went well up till applying the top coat. Loved how the kitchen looked after applying bond coat. Then I used the protective top coat and ruined all the cabinet boxes. It is impossible to apply. Like watered down school glue. Leaves lumps and streaks. And I am no painting rooky. Boxes dried for a full 24 hours before applying top coat. Thankfully I found a thread where others were having the exact same problem. The "pro" said to sand off the top coat and use minwax water based polyurethane. so even rustoleum says the top coat sucks. Why continue to sell it?? IT WILL RUIN ALL YOUR HOURS OF LABOR. Just buy some deglosser, cabinet paint, and polyurethane. Done.
August 22, 2016