For almost 50 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. Restor-A-Finish penetrates faded lacquer, shellac, and varnish finishes to bring back the original color and luster. It restores the depth of grain, going much deeper than temporary “scratch cover” products. Restor-A-Finish penetrates and permanently restores most wood finishes without removing any of the existing finish - this is why it is very popular for antiques. Restor-A-Finish maintains the original "patina" of an antique finish - so it maintains its character and value as an antique. Feed-N-Wax is recommended as a follow-up to Restor-A-Finish to protect the newly restored finish.
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. White heat rings and water marks, sun fade, oxidation, smoke damage, and most other blemishes can be quickly blended away. Before you go to the extreme of stripping it, try restoring it!
- Simple wipe-on, wipe-off application
- Permanently restores the existing varnish, lacquer or shellac - without removing it
- Penetrates through the existing finish to restore color and luster
- Restores any wood or finish shade utilizing nine different colors
Restor-A-Finish Helps To Remove
- White Heat Rings
- Water Marks
- Smoke Damage & Oxidation
Restor-A-Finish Helps To Revive
- Faded Finishes
- Minor Crazed or Checked Finishes
- Light Scratches & Abrasions
Almost any existing wood tone, from a light Birdseye Maple to a dark Jacobean, can be closely matched using one of the nine available finish colors. Restor-A-Finish should be used in a color that best matches your finish. If you are uncertain about which color to use, then chose a color slightly lighter than your finish. It’s recommended that you test Restor-A-Finish in an inconspicuous spot to make sure you like what it does and how it matches the finish. Then to protect your newly restored finish, use Feed-N-Wax.
To see a color chart, click the right picture arrow →
Do not pour directly on finish. Always wipe off excess Restor-A-Finish. Choose the color that best matches the finish of your wood. Apply with a small pad of cloth, or (for severe scratches and white rings) apply with super fine (0000) steel wool. When using steel wool, always rub with the wood grain. Finishes vary in hardness, so test pressure to be used with steel wool on an inconspicuous spot. Cover a small area at a time and immediately wipe dry. For best results, wait at least 30 minutes and then apply a coat of Howard Feed-N-Wax to protect and maintain the newly restored finish.
Do not use polyurethane over Restor-A-Finish. Be careful to protect fabric, carpets, or linoleum when applying Restor-A-Finish, as it may leave a permanent stain. If spilling does occur, immediately scrub area with soap and water or a stain remover and wipe dry. Be sure to apply to a small area at a time when using Restor-A-Finish. Always wipe dry. Restor-A-Finish may not be able to penetrate harder polyurethane finishes. If high gloss finish should appear dull due to the use of steel wool, polish it out with Restor-A-Shine Polishing Compound. Always test in an inconspicuous area to check results.
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