Howard 16-oz. Restor-A-Finish restores finished wood surfaces. It contains a small amount of stain to make minor scratches and blemishes disappear. The simple wipe-on, wipe-off application is ideal for restoring wood finishes to their original color and luster. It removes white heat rings, smoke damage, oxidation and water marks.
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91%of customersrecommend this product20 of 22reviews
Rating Breakdown22 reviews
91%of customersrecommend this product20 of 22reviews
If this rating system had provision for ten stars I would rate as such. Being both a woodworker and a skeptic, I had to see to believe. I had three bad white heat/moisture rings on my dining-table top and was prepared for the worst to restore it but within five minutes of application, they were all but gone. Another application will be necessary to completely remove the very faint spot on the worst one. - I also applied a coat to our 50 year old, distressed, fruit-wood finish bedroom set where the finish was actually beginning to turn milky white in many places from dryness and sun damage. My wife wanted to paint it - uh, no. This product restored it to like new almost immediately. Nicest part of all was that a 6-drawer dresser and 5-drawer high-boy took less than 30 minutes and under three ounces to restore and wipe down. This is a ten!!!
Pros: Even Application, Easy to Apply, Easy Instructions, Good Coverage, Easy to Use, Looks Great, Dries Quickly
Tried this product on an old veneer dining room table, as refinishing really wasn't an option with the veenered surface. There were a lot of superficial scratches, fading, white rings, scorch marks, etc on the top. This product did nothing to hide them or even dimish the marks. I tried both suggested methods - using a soft cloth and using fine grit sand paper. Waste of money, time, and effort as far as I am concerned.
Pros: Even Application, Easy to Apply, Easy Instructions, Good Coverage, Easy to Use, Dries Quickly
This product has saved me countless hours of refinishing a dining room set: table, chairs, hutch and sideboard! I just wiped in on and the transformation was amazing! Very impressive. I was reluctant because I tried that other restore product (on tv) and it's no different than Pledge or old English-type stuff.
Pros: Easy to Apply, Good Coverage, Looks High End, Dries Quickly
I can't say enough about this product--it does exactly what it says it will do. I used it in conjunction with the Feed-N-Wax and my furniture was basically revitalized. I was very skeptical, but the first piece I tried it on was in such sorry shape that I figured that I couldn't make it any worse. Surprisingly, it worked like a charm and now I have beautiful furniture that I don't have to strip and refinish, and the original finish looks better than ever, which is even better! I am so happy that I found this product I am planning on buying the other colors to try on other furniture!
Was skeptical at first but thought I had nothing to lose! So glad I tried it! We're talking bathroom cabinets from a house built in '85. I bought the Walnut coloring. Extremely easy to apply with the 0000 Steel Wool after cleaning first with mineral spirits. Bought the Feed n Wax product also and the cabinets came out beautiful. We don't have the money to replace cabinets so this find is terrific!!!! Any wood furniture, doors and cabinetry in the house will be spruced up within the next few weeks. Couldn't be happier with this product! Don't take my word for it, what do you have to lose?
I hate to admit this, but for twenty years I have had a mixture of dogs that often "marked" on my dining room furniture. No matter what I did, I couldn't get them to stop. The legs on all of the chairs, sideboard, table and the bottom of my hutch were ruined and disgusting. Needless to say, the furniture was 100% mahogany and cost a small fortune and I thought I would have to either paint it, refinish it (at an estimated $5,000) or replace the entire set. So I read these reviews and thought "what the heck". This product is would it's weight in gold to me. I cleaned the damaged areas and in some areas, used steel wool. I then applied the Restor-a-Finish and topped it with a coat of the Feed &Wax. And I didn't have to break my arms to apply it...very easy. After it had dried I was absolutely STUNNED that you could not see any damage at all. It left a beautiful satin, hand rubbed finish that blended so well with the rest of the furniture that I couldn't tell any difference at all. I could not have prayed for a better result. And on the upside, the smell is gone and my dogs are no longer marking on the furniture.
Try this product. You have nothing to lose.
Pros: Even Application, Easy to Apply, Dries Quickly
This stuff is beyond amazing! Our remodel guy recommended it to us to use on the extensive woodwork in our home damaged by our 4 doggies. Wood was completely resurrected, even entire doors. It is truly wipe on, wipe off. We have also used this in investment properties to "re-finish" door and window trim that was beat up and looked as though nothing but complete sanding, staining and clear coat could recover. Color selection is really good - does not have to be a dead-on match to blend in with whatever wood you have. I can't imagine how everyone doesn't know about product. Recommend = yes, yes, yes.
Pros: Even Application, Easy to Apply, Good Coverage, Looks Great, Dries Quickly
I used this product on a 95 year old interior door that likely never had any care. We found it in the garage when we bought the house. The finish was so dry and weathered it was almost like peach fuzz. I used steel wool to apply and with a good bit of elbow grease the results where better than I good have imagined. I finished with a coat of feed-n-wax and the door now has a wonderful satin finish. These two Howard products worked wonders.
Note: be sure the use a respirator when applying the restorer. It has a very strong solvent odor.
Pros: Good Coverage, Easy to Use, Looks Great, Dries Quickly
Used this product on my mother's mid century modern Lane hope chest. The original finish was pretty beat up. it had lots of water marks and some deep scuffs and scratches. I applied the Restor a Finish using the steel wool method. It went on easily and dried beautifully. I followed it with the recommended wax and am very pleased with how it looks. ALMOST as good as new!
We love this product! Our 1990 builders-grade honey oak cabinets and household trim benefited greatly from this. It really does make all those small scratches and worn finish spots go away! It's really quite amazing; one of those products you really wont appreciate until you see for yourself how well it works!!
USE: I did not clean wood before hand... no need! Heck, I didn't even use a rage to apply it, just paper towels. Once applied, I made sure to wipe down the surface again with a clean towel to ensure ALL residual product was removed (you don't want someone rubbing up against the trim that hasn't been whipped down, it WILL get on their clothes).
ONLY downside: This product does have a very strong, harmful odor, so ensure you'd using it with the windows open, and even better, use a respirator mask too!
Pros: Easy to Apply, Good Coverage, Easy to Use, Looks Great, Dries Quickly
I came upon this product when I was reupholstering a Thomasville chair from the 1940's. The wood was actually in pretty good condition when I got it, despite it's age, but the previous person who upholstered it was excessively generous with the staples. As a result I scratched and nicked visible wood when trying to remove them. Since I'd invested quite a bit in the fabric for the chair, I wanted to do what I could to improve the look of the scratches and nicks
I first tried Old English Scratch Cover at the suggestion of my upholstery teacher. But although it made the wood shiny and pretty overall, it didn't do much for the scratches. Figuring there had to be another solution, I consulted with the paint/stain guy at my local hardware shop. His suggestions were to either completely strip, sand, stain and refinish my chair or to bring it to a professional and have them dip it to remove as much of the finish and stain as possible and then sand. Neither were in my budget so I knew I unfortunately needed to find an easier and more time and cost effective solution.
I say that because going into this I knew I wasn't embarking upon the most ideal course of action so I wasn't expecting the results to be perfect or a miracle fix. I was looking for something that would take care of the problem as well as possible in a quick, cost effective manner, and make the scratches and nicks blend in as well as possible.
I color matched this product to my chair as best as I could and applied using a soft cloth on the parts that were in good condition and using 0000 steel wool on the more damaged parts. Then I applied the Howard FW0016 Feed-N-Wax Wood Polish and Conditioner, 16-Ounce, waited the required 20+ minutes to allow it to fully absorb and then polished it dry. I was pleasantly surprised with the results. No, the piece doesn't look perfect. (This isn't a filler so I wasn't expecting it to change the surface where the nicks are.) But unless you are up close they blend in well. This might not be dramatic enough for the surface of a table or something where you are going to get close and really notice changes in texture, but in my case it was pretty satisfactory. (And I'm known for being detail oriented.)
A few things to note: First, I wouldn't recommend using this on upholstered furniture unless you, like me, are planning on reupholstering it. To get a nice even look I found I had to apply this product and the wood polish to all the wood surfaces and because it is deeply pigmented I worry it would be very, very hard to keep it from staining your fabric. It also seems like getting a good color match is essential to this working so it's worth a little time to make sure the one you get makes sense. They also recommend using this product in a well ventilated area. It's pretty pungent and chemical smelling. Using it outside or in a garage would be ideal, but since it is the middle of winter here, I had to settle with a cracked window and a fan. I'm no safety expert so I don't feel qualified to recommend this is sufficient, but that was my situation.
Overall, I think this is a great product. From start to finish it only took me a couple hours and the results seemed satisfactory for that amount of time investment. Yes, it's not perfect, but I think those are the results you are hoping to achieve you'll have to completely refinish your project. The only thing I can't speak to is the longevity of the results. It does make me feel a little disappointed that someone mentioned the results don't last over time since my project will soon be reupholstered making refinishing again too risky, but I'm keeping my fingers crossed.
This product was recommended by a friend who was so enthusiastic about it that I was skeptical. She was right! I restored a cabinet and a 1920's dresser. Wow! A little spilled on my hardwood floor (circa 1957) and it was good there, too.
I have an old library table that sat in my dad's basement for over 20 years. Someone had also left something wet on top of the table and there was severe water damage to the finish. I was very skeptical but wanted to try this instead of refinishing. I used the Restore-A-Finish with 0000 steel wool and Feed-N-Wax and it looks like a new table. It is GORGEOUS!!
This product, while seeming on the surface to take care of scratches and finish loss areas, actually ruins your furniture finish. It is a colored oil/dye in a very powerful solvent that penetrates the wood and finish and permanently ruins your finish. Ask any furniture restorer, and they will tell you that this product makes it impossible to do any proper finish restoration after this has been applied. You can only keep applying this oil to the finish for the life of the object unless it is stripped and refinished. As usual, what appears to be a quick easy fix actually terms out to be just the opposite!!!
Cons: impossible to clean or remove, ruins existing finish
I needed a solution to fix water damaged cabinets under my kitchen sink for my new house. We bought it foreclosed and it needed a lot of work. I didn't have a lot of money and I found this product. After reading other reviews, I decided to give it a shot. What a wonderful product! Not only are my kitchen cabinets looking like new, I used it on all my scuffed furniture and took it to a friends house to repair scratched up wood panel doors! She thought she would have to paint them or replace them. This one can saved me from refinishing or replacing my cabinets and my friend from refinishing or replacing her doors! It saved us TONZ of money and we got it all done in a few hours! I can not praise this product enough! PS: I used latex gloves while applying so my hands stayed nice and clean!
Pros: Even Application, High Quality of Material, Easy to Apply, Easy Instructions, Good Coverage, Easy to Clean, Easy to Use, Good Protection, Looks Great, Looks High End, Modern, Dries Quickly
My husband and I used this in all of our 12 apartments in Alaska. After we took over the apartments, we had to contend with the abuse renters gave the kitchen cabinets. Using this product with very fine steel wool brought back the richness of the wood cabinets. Recommend it to all.
Pros: Even Application, High Quality of Material, Easy to Apply, Easy Instructions, Good Coverage, Easy to Use, Good Protection, Looks Great, Looks High End