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GOLDEN OAK Howard Restor-A-Finish

GOLDEN OAK Howard Restor-A-Finish

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Howard Restor-A-Finish-GOLDEN OAK


473 mL. 16 FL. OZ.

Restore it-Don't Strip It!

  • Easy, one step process.
  • Restores original colour and luster in wood finishes.
  • Improves and eliminates white heat rings and water marks, scratches, smoke damage, sun fade, and oxidation.
  • Will not dissolve the existing finish.
  • Use the Restor-A-Finish that best matches your wood.

16 Fluid ounce tins available in the following COLOURS:

  • Neutral FY89129
  • Golden Oak FY89130
  • Cherry FY42385
  • Walnut FY89131
  • Mahogany FY42382
  • Dark Walnut FY89132
  • Dark Oak FY42384

Restor-A-Finish is a unique finish-penetrating formula that restores the original color and luster to your finish while blending out the blemishes and minor scratches. Restor-A-Finish restores the finish in one step - without removing any of the existing finish.

Restore It - Don't Strip It! How to Use Restor-a-Finish

With a simple wipe-on, wipe-off process, most finished wood surfaces that seem to need a refinishing job can be completely restored in a few minutes. White heat rings and water marks, sun fade, oxidation, smoke damage, and most other blemishes can be quickly eliminated. Before you go to the extreme of stripping it, try restoring it!

Restor-A-Finish is a unique finish-penetrating formula that contains a small amount of stain combined with just the right amount of solvent and restoring oils, giving it the unique ability to penetrate and permanently restore most existing finishes without removing any of the existing finish.

Choose the color of Restor-A-Finish that best matches the finish of your wood. Test on an inconspicuous area. Apply with a small pad of cloth, cover a small area at a time and immediately wipe dry. Do not pour directly on finish. To remove stubborn white rings, oxidation, or light scratches, apply Restor-A-Finish with a lint free cotton cloth or a pad of super fine (0000) steel wool. Finishes vary in hardness, so test first on an inconspicuous spot. Rub lightly in the direction of the wood grain until blemish is blended away. Cover a small area at a time and wipe dry. To protect and maintain the newly restored finish, follow up with Howard Feed-N-Wax.

Rub with light pressure but hard enough to blend away the damage. As you restore the finish be sure to periodically check your progress. Always rub with the grain of the wood. Some dry faded finishes will only require a quick wipe-on, wipe-off application and will quickly absorb Restor-A-Finish. Other finishes will require a little more work. Still other finishes may require leaving the Restor-A-Finish on longer so it can penetrate into the finish and restore color and depth of grain deep into the wood.  All finishes are different, so testing first may be required. Always wipe off excess Restor-A-Finish.

For best results, wait at least 30 minutes and then apply a coat of Howard Feed-N-Wax to protect and maintain the newly restored finish. Then re-apply Feed-N-Wax as needed, or when the finish starts to look dry.


First test Restor-A-Finish on a small inconspicuous area to check results, penetration into the finish, correct color, and if to use (0000) super fine steel wool or a soft cloth. Apply Restor-A-Finish to a small area at a time and always wipe dry. Be careful to protect fabric, carpets, or linoleum when applying Restor-A-Finish, as it may leave a permanent stain. If spilling does occur, immediately scrub area with soap and water or a stain remover and wipe dry.

Do not use polyurethane over Restor-A-Finish. Keep in mind that the purpose of Restor-A-Finish is to restore an existing finish. No need to put another finish on top, just Feed-N-Wax. Also, Restor-A-Finish may not be able to penetrate harder “plastic” finishes, imitation simulated wood finishes, or some hard polyurethane finishes.  Not recommended for floors or exterior surfaces. May not work well on “one step stain and poly” finishes. Wait 30 days to dry if using polyurethane or other clear coat finishes on top of Restor-A-Finish.

CAUTIONS: DANGER. CONTENTS MAY CATCH FIRE. FUMES MAY CATCH FIRE. CONTENTS HARMFUL. MAY IRRITATE EYES. MAY IRRITATE SKIN. Do not mix with other chemicals. Do not smoke. Do not swallow. Do not get in eyes, on skin or clothing.

Keep out of reach of children. Keep away from flames, such as a pilot light, and any object that sparks, such as an electric motor.

FIRST AID: If swallowed, DO NOT INDUCE VOMITING, Call Physician immediately. If breathed in, move person into fresh air. EYE CONTACT: Immediately flush with water for at least 15 minutes. SKIN CONTACT: Wash with soap and water. Contains Hydrogenated Mineral Oil, Isopropanol, Acetone. Store in a cool place. Keep container closed.

USE WITH ADEQUATE VENTILATION. To avoid breathing vapors, open windows and doors or use other means to ensure a cross ventilation of fresh air through work area. If you experience eye watering, headaches or dizziness, increase fresh air or wear respiratory protection (NIOSH/MSHA approved with organic vapor filter) or leave the area. Avoid prolonged contact with skin. Close container after each use. Do not transfer contents to bottles or unlabeled containers. Before using this product in the workplace, read the Safety Data Sheet (SDS) available online. This product is intended for occasional use only. Intentional misuse by deliberately concentrating and inhaling the contents may be harmful or fatal. Reports have associated repeated and prolonged occupational overexposure to solvents with permanent brain and nervous system damage.

WARNING: This product can expose you to chemicals including Ethylbenzene, which are known to the State of California to cause cancer, and Toluene, which is known to the State of California to cause birth defects or other reproductive harm. For more information go to

This product is made from the finest raw materials available and manufactured to proven formulation under strict quality control for its intended use on natural wood finishes. However, results obtained with the use of this product under a variety of conditions may depend on circumstances beyond our control. Howard Products, Inc. and the  seller therefore disclaim  any responsibility for expense or consequential damage of any kind. The only warranty extended, expressed or implied, is for defective workmanship or materials.

Treat Scratches, Nicks, and Abrasions

Restor-A-Finish works best when applied with a small pad of toweling, or for severe white rings and crazing, with Super Fine(0000) steel wool. DO NOT pour directly on the finish. When using steel wool, always rub with the grain of the wood. First, determine the pressure you should use on an inconspicuous spot, as the hardness of finishes vary.

Revive Wood Finishes

Wipe on the appropriate color of Restor-A-Finish with a clean cloth. Let it stand for a few minutes then wipe dry. If you desire a slightly darker shade, simply apply a darker color of Restor-A-Finish.

White Heat Rings and Water Marks

Apply Restor-A-Finish (see above) with "0000" steel wool and rub hard  and fast enough with the grain of the wood to blend out the white effect. If high gloss finish should appear dull due to the use of steel wool, polish it out with a Howard Polishing Compound or Burnishing Cream.

Raised and Blistered Finishes

Apply Neutral Restor-A-Finish (to prevent darkening of wood beyond temporary "wet effect") with 0000 steel wool. As blisters soften press down while the Restor-A-Finish is applied. Wipe dry, and again later if the surface "blooms" with excess Restor-A-Finish.

Restore Minor Crazed or Checked Finishes

Apply Restor-A-Finish with Fine Grade (0000) steel wool. Rub hard enough to smooth out the finish, periodically checking your progress. Checked or crazed surfaces may absorb an excess of Restor-A-Finish and "bloom out" requiring another wiping later.

Treat Carved Wood

Restor-A-Finish has saved many hours of labor by restoring the finish on carved portions of furniture and clocks. 

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This product is NOT mailable via Canada Post as it is COMBUSTIBLE as per regulations regarding the shipping of hazardous goods.

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