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Old 12-27-2013, 02:16 PM   #1
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How to properly maintain hickory cabinets

What should I do to preserve the finish/luster on my hickory cabinets?
Old English furniture polish?
Murphy's oil soap?
There are some places on the wood that seem to be drying- due to dish washing, tooth brushing, getting water on them in general, and the a/c and furnace seems to dry the wood out-
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I do not know whether AS oils or varnishes the hickory. If it appears to be drying already it was probably oiled. When I had a boat with oiled wood, I only used tung oil. Once a year I would do a light oil rub of all of the interior wood. Tung oil is the best oil product to use.
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It appears as if the table top surfaces are polyurethaned- it is a really glossy, shiny, durable finish.
The cabinet doors seem to get dry- especially below the kitchen sink and bathroom sink.
These surfaces may be oiled.
Tung oil? Is that something I can buy at a hardware store?
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I'd call the Mother Ship and ask what finish is on the various hickory surfaces and take it from there.

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It appears as if the table top surfaces are polyurethaned- it is a really glossy, shiny, durable finish.
The cabinet doors seem to get dry- especially below the kitchen sink and bathroom sink.
These surfaces may be oiled.
Tung oil? Is that something I can buy at a hardware store?
From what I found out when I was doing some remodeling on my 2005 Airstream MH, the hickory has a Lacquer sprayed on finish. I used a brushed on clear lacquer to finish hickory used in the new TV cabinet I built. It looks great and matches the finish of the existing cabinets. But in your case wanting to preserve the finish on your cabinets tung oil might not be the best choice. Here are a couple of links on the care of lacquer finish

How to Care for Lacquer Furniture | eHow

Product Care | Lacquer Wood Finishes | Sklar Furnishings

Also during my remodel project I did find some trim hickory wood around the shower that over time had gotten wet needed attention. So I cleaned these up and sanded if needed then refinished with a semi gloss spar Urethane. It dries hard and looks very good and should provide protection from moisture. Hope this helps.
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Old 12-27-2013, 03:41 PM   #6
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I'd call the Mother Ship and ask what finish is on the various hickory surfaces and take it from there.

John S.
That had occurred to me- I am planning a trip there in September for minor warranty issues before the warranty runs out.
I just haven't had time to call them, yet.
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Try "denatured alcohol" on inconspicuous spot. If it dissolves then it is probably shellac. Easy to refinish.
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