Since Cabot no longer makes the original "stain/wax" solution for the luan paneling, over the past few years I have heard a lot of conflicting solutions for re-invigorating and restoring the luan paneling. Our situation is not bad enough to warrant stripping, sanding and restaining, flipping paneling or buying new paneling. Just looking for the best way and the best products to use to do a "clean and polish" so to speak.
Would love to hear what others have tried successfully and unsuccessfully.... Thanks in advance!
Have you already checked out the suggestions on the Eichler Network FAQ that Barry Brisco created? There's a question that runs something like "how can i restore my panelling to its original warm glow". The FAQ is at:
Try Howard Feed-N-Wax. Some light sanding will help to restore smoothness to the surface.
Thanks for link to FAQs - must be a new feature - and it has info on a number of topics.
I am not sure of the purpose a general light sanding and I am not sure I want to do that kind of work except in some areas that appear to be more damaged or darkened...... Don't want to come across as lazy, but I am looking for improvement rather than perfection......
I will experiment with some of the stain suggestions. As the FAQ suggests they are some ideas - but there is no one "approved" way to handle and there are probably still plenty of things to explore. So I would still be interested in hearing any additional ideas that any one may have to add on the subject. I will report back on my experiments......
I use the Howard products. From the Feed n wax to the Finish restorer and all work great.
You don't HAVE to sand them. But our paneling was just as you describe: pretty much mint condition, just a little bit dry. The dry wood has a rough surface that looks really dull. Light sanding with a $20 palm sheet sander will make a lot of difference. Just try it on a small spot and then make up your mind if it is worth the effort.