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Forum topic by garymkrieg posted 02-10-2018 07:48 PM 524 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-10-2018 07:48 PM

Cherry cabinet, with what the RV Manufacturer calls a “gloss finish”. The white discoloration that you see can be scrapped off with my fingernail. Obviously, I would rather use something more robust. I’m not sure what caused the discoloration but it does seem to come right off with my fingernail. So what can I use that might be faster than my finger nail that has a low risk of damaging the finish?


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#1 posted 02-10-2018 08:27 PM

That’s not much to go on. Try naphtha.

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#2 posted 02-10-2018 08:42 PM

I would try equal parts naphtha, gasoline, and flames.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#3 posted 02-10-2018 08:47 PM

I would be willing to bet that they used lacquer on it. Try lacquer thinner.

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#4 posted 02-10-2018 09:04 PM

I’m like Rich, could use a little more info….

Are you trying to strip it? Do you know what got splashed on it? When you scrape it off with your fingernail, does it scrape to the bare wood?

Have you already tried scrubbing it with something like Simple Green, Goof Off or a “citrus cleaner”? A TSP (trisodium phosphate) mixture may cut it as well.

I also bet they used lacquer on it which will tolerate a variety of cleaners. As always, try spot cleaning an inconspicuous spot on the inside of the door/cabinet to see how the finish responds to your cleaner.

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#5 posted 02-10-2018 09:21 PM

No, not trying to strip it merely remove the white discoloration. Have no idea whats on it and when I scrape it with my nail the finish including the gloss stays on and looks good.


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#6 posted 02-10-2018 09:25 PM

Just tried the Goo Gone, took it right off. I did a small area and I am going to wait and see what it looks like in a day or two. Rich and everyone thanks for the suggestions, we’ll see how it goes.


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