A friend recently asked me about the creeping white haze on the wooden cabinets over her stove. I told her the problem was caused by actually using the stove; she needed to quit cooking. That was an unpopular suggestion (she has two young boys, one of whom is reaching the hollow-leg stage of food consumption).
So plan B: Reverse the problem, then stop it from happening again with a new coat of finish.
I was pretty sure I knew what to do. But when the wood isn’t mine, I always like a second opinion. So I turned to Bob Flexner for his expert advice (and he had suggestions I’d not considered…which is in no way a surprise).
(I can’t recommend “Flexner on Finishing” highly enough. It’s a hardcover, 4-color book with almost 200 pages (and 12 years’ worth) of expert finishing advice, for less than $16. Crazy.)
So I sent that article to my friend. But I suspect I’ll still go help her fix the problem. Hey – maybe she’ll make me dinner!