Hi! I’m Blair Gilbert, a.k.a.

MR. HARDWARE

As a third-generation hardware store owner, licensed builder, and finish carpenter, my mission is to help you “do it right the first time!”  On this site, I share expert home and yard DIY advice in over 250 articles and videos. Feel free to dive in!

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  • Restore Wood, Furniture Finish – Don’t Strip – Quick And Looks Good (4/19/2021) by Blair Gilbert

    Restore wood and old furniture, but don’t strip it, because of the time and mess.

    Howard’s has a unique formula to help restore wood finishes by softening marks and blending out minor scratches, blemishes and abrasions. It makes a huge difference and is quick.

    Howard’s Restor-A-Finish contains our restoring oils, solvent and a small amount of stain, and gives a clean finish without removing any of the existing finish.

    It penetrates deeper than thin “scratch cover” products, and restores the depth of the grain.

    Before you go to the extreme of stripping it, just try to simply restore it. Sometimes stripping the finish may strip the piece of its value.

    Howard’s comes in nine colors to match most woods – Neutral, Maple-Pine, Golden Oak, Cherry, Walnut, Mahogany, Dark Walnut, Dark Oak, and Dark Brown.

    With a simple wipe-on, wipe-off process, most finished wood surfaces that seem to need a complete refinishing job can be restored in a few minutes.

    It can remove white heat rings, water marks, sun fade, oxidation, smoke damage.

    Restor-A-Finish restores the finish without removing any of the existing finish

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