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Howard RF3016 Restor-A-Finish, 16-Ounce, Golden Oak

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  • Eliminates white heat rings and water marks
  • Blends out scratches and blemishes
  • Restores color and luster to faded finishes
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Product Description

Color: Golden Oak

Product Description

In 1969, Douglas G. Howard set out to solve this dilemma: how can you eliminate blemishes in wood finishes and restore the original color and luster without removing any of the existing finish? Unable to find an answer at his local hardware store, he went to work in his garage to create his own product. His goal was to make something that would be much more than a surface treatment, yet nothing like a stripper or a refinisher. The key was to develop a formula that could clean and polish the surface, penetrate the finish with stain, and leave the original finish intact. The end result was Restor-A-Finish, Doug Howard's first in what would become a complete line of wood care products. For over 40 years, Howard's Restor-A-Finish has been a standard in the antique industry. Because Restor-A-Finish preserves the original wood finish it also helps preserve its authenticity and value, whereas stripping the finish may literally strip the piece of its value. Almost any existing wood tone, from a Birdseye Maple to a Jacobean, can be closely matched using one of the nine available finish colors. Trying it on just about everything with a traditional wood finish, antique dealers, refinishers, and homemakers have found it to be a safer and easier alternative to stripping and refinishing. Scratches, oxidation, white heat rings, watermarks, smoke damage, and sun fade simply disappear.

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For over 40 years, Howard's Restor-A-Finish has been a standard in the antique industry. Because Restor-A-Finish preserves the original wood finish it also helps preserve its authenticity and value, whereas stripping the finish may literally strip the piece of its value. Almost any existing wood tone, from a Birdseye Maple to a Jacobean, can be closely matched using one of the nine available finish colors. Trying it on just about everything with a traditional wood finish, antique dealers, refinishers, and homemakers have found it to be a safer and easier alternative to stripping and refinishing. Scratches, oxidation, white heat rings, watermarks, smoke damage, and sun fade simply disappear. In 1969, Douglas G. Howard set out to solve this dilemma: how can you eliminate blemishes in wood finishes and restore the original color and luster without removing any of the existing finish? Unable to find an answer at his local hardware store, he went to work in his garage to create his own product. His goal was to make something that would be much more than a surface treatment, yet nothing like a stripper or a refinisher. The key was to develop a formula that could clean and polish the surface, penetrate the finish with stain, and leave the original finish intact. The end result was Restor-A-Finish, Doug Howard's first in what would become a complete line of wood care products.

Product Information

Color:Golden Oak

Technical Details

Part Number RF3016
Item Weight 1.1 pounds
Product Dimensions 1.8 x 3.9 x 6.5 inches
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Item model number RF3016
Color Golden Oak
Material Oak
Item Package Quantity 1
Batteries Included? No
Batteries Required? No

Additional Information

ASIN B000C0182W
Customer Reviews
4.5 out of 5 stars 652 customer reviews

4.5 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #5,087 in Home Improvements (See top 100)
#27 in Home & Kitchen > Cleaning Supplies > Household Cleaning > Furniture & Wood Polishes
Shipping Weight 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
Domestic Shipping Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
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Date First Available August 17, 2005

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Color: Walnut
No, it's not magic or a miracle cure all, but it really worked well removing some BAD heat circles on a used coffee table a friend game me. This product requires work. I found I got the best results using 0000 steel wool and getting a fresh piece rather often. It takes some scrubbing but it's so much less work than stripping, sanding, pre-treating, staining, and lacquering. Vigorous scrubbing (WITH the grain) will also remove some shallow scratches and swirls. I have included some pictures of my results, before and after. It took me about 90 min to scrub and wipe down my coffee table with more than adequate results.
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Color: Golden Oak Verified Purchase
I used this to restore all of the oak cabinets in my house. Our house was built in 1988 and had fairly upscale Merilat cabinets that were just worn and faded. In the bathrooms, we had a lot of hzings, greying, and checking.

After using Restor-a Finish, the cabinets looked practically brand new!! A few things to note, though:

#1 - The grain in the wood becomes more pronounced and more defined. Imagine oak cabinets with the grain depth of hickory.

#2 - the final finish is quite dull. In our situation, a klitchen with dark red walls and stainless/black appliances, the dull satin finish worked really well. In the bathrooms, we ended up using a bees wax product to give them some luster.

#3 - While the product is easy to use, it is still labor intensive. We used the steel wool method of applying, after wiping the cabinets down witha high quality acidic wood wash that we got though our local woodshop. That cut through all of the grease and gunk. Then we went back with the Restor-a-Finish with o grade steel wool and applied with the gran of the wood. I did this twice. Each time the finish improved, but each time thw wood got a little darker. Since our wood was of a medium grain medium stain, a little darker was OK.

My suggestion to ANYBODY thinking about redoing a kitchen: buy this and try it on the insides of some cabinet doors first. You may find the facelift is more than enough to hold off on new cabinets for a while.
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Color: Cherry Verified Purchase
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This is a very good product that performs as promised to restore and clean many wood finishes.

Restoration is not the same as refinishing. On some types of wood furnishings and finishes, it will improve the appearance dramatically, remove blemishes and clean the wood.

It works best on:

-Furniture that is scratched with a dull stained finish

-Fine furniture with a shiny lacquer finish

It will improve the appearance of badly scratched furniture with the above types of finishes.

It does not work well on sealed finishes (polyurethane).

I have used this product in all of the above situations. Following are some of the results achieved.

First, a small pine table with a dull finish appeared shabby and needed improvement. The surface was severely scratched, with mostly surface level damage. After a five minute simple wipe-on application of the product using a rag, the results were dramatic. If I wanted to fuss over this piece, I would reapply using fine steel wool and touch up some of the gouges with a stain pen. Six months later, the table looks almost as it did prior to using the product, and it needs to be reapplied.

Howard's Restor-A-Finish proved it's worth during my second project, the restoration of a high quality solid wood table top with a glossy, lacquered
finish.

The table had white heat marks the size of a salad plate that would not disappear with any previous methods attempted.

Prior to using this product, I attempted to remove the white marks by researching solutions in Google. "Removing white heat marks from wood" yielded several cautious attempts from "applying steam again" to using toothpaste, mayonnaise and other so-called "remedies".
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Color: Walnut
We are preparing to sell our house in about a week and the woodwork in our house was in really rough shape. Last night I started in a small spot with this product (expecting lackluster results). To my amazement, the scratches just started disappearing and the wood started shining through like never before. I ended up doing all of our banisters and started on our cabinetry and almost couldn't stop I was so impressed with the results. We started with scratched / dinged / dull wood and now my wife has reported that the wood is "gleaming and beautiful". I really have never been so impressed with something that was intended to "restore". Typically these products make mild improvements or are simply false advertising. This is the real deal.

A couple of other thoughts:
-This will obviously not fill in dents, holes, etc. but will solve scratching etc. well (Even made a spot my dog had gnawed disappear into the rest of the wood).
-For scratched up wood I used 0000 steel wool to apply following the grain of the wood and followed with a rag to wipe.
-I did use the Howard's wax and feed product after the Restor-a-Finish dried. Not sure if that's necessary but it seemed to leave a nice smooth finish
-This product smells like stain so you will probably want to open a window or make sure the area you are working is ventilated.
-Don't spill this stuff! I have been lucky so far but I shudder to think of what would happen if this spilled on the carpet / wood floors.

Bottom line is that this was pretty much the best $10 I ever spent. I believe this added tremendous value as we try and sell our house.
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