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Antique Furniture Refinisher

Minwax® Antique Furniture Refinisher


Minwax® Antique Furniture Refinisher removes old finishes, including shellac, lacquer and some early forms of varnish.

  • Antique Furniture Refinisher contains natural wood oils that penetrate and condition wood.
  • Antique Furniture Refinisher does not remove paint or polyurethane.
  • It is the perfect product for antique wooden furniture restoration.

Product Details

Application Tool: steel wool
Cleanup: mineral spirits or paint thinner, following manufactur's safety instructions
Recommended Uses: furniture, antiques, woodwork, cabinets, doors, paneling, accessories
Removal: medium steel wool or synthetic stripping pad and rags


WARNING! Removal of old paint by sanding, scraping or other means may generate dust or fumes that contain lead. Exposure to lead dust or fumes may cause brain damage or other adverse health effects, especially in children or pregnant women. Controlling exposure to lead or other hazardous substances requires the use of proper protective equipment such as a properly fitted respirator (NIOSH approved) and proper containment and cleanup. For more information, call the National Lead Information Center at 1-800-424-LEAD (in US) or contact your local health authority.

  1. Wear rubber gloves and protective glasses. Pour 4-6 ounces of Minwax® Antique Furniture Refinisher into a metal or glass container.
  2. Dip a piece of fine steel wool (000) into the Minwax® Antique Furniture Refinisher and squeeze out excess.
  3. Rub gently in small circles until old finish is dissolved. Repeat process as needed. Replace Minwax® Antique Furniture Refinisher liquid in pan when it becomes thick.
  4. When completed, go back over entire surface with clean steel wool and clean Minwax® Antique Furniture Refinisher. Be sure any lap marks are removed.

CLEANUP: mineral spirits or paint thinner, following manufacturer's safety instructions

Not recommended for the removal of paint or polyurethane.

Once the old finish is removed, apply a protective finish to seal in the conditioning benefits. Outstanding results are easily achieved with any of these topcoats:

Minwax® Antique Oil Finish: This unique blend of quality oils leaves a hard, resilient finish with a soft lustre. Ideal for refinished wood.

Minwax® Tung Oil Finish: Provides a hard, hand rubbed lustre, but takes only minutes to apply. Durable and easy to maintain.

Minwax® Fast-Drying Polyurethane: Provides an extra hard, fast drying clear finish.

Helmsman® Spar Urethane: An extra tough clear finish for exterior and interior use.

Minwax® Past Finishing Wax: The classic way to protect and add lustre.




Keep away from heat, sparks, and open flame. Vapors will accumulate readily and may ignite explosively. During use and until all vapors are gone: Keep area ventilated- Do not smoke- Extinguish all flames, pilot lights, and heaters- Turn off stoves, electric tools and appliances, and any other sources of ignition.

VAPOR HARMFUL. Use only with adequate ventilation. To avoid overexposure, open windows and doors or use other means to ensure fresh air entry during application and drying. If you experience eye watering, headaches, or dizziness, increase fresh air, or wear respiratory protection (NIOSH approved) or leave the area.

Avoid contact with eyes and skin. Wear rubber gloves and safety goggles during use. Wash hands after using. Keep container closed when not in use. Do not transfer contents to other containers for storage.

FIRST AID: In case of eye contact, flush thoroughly with large amounts of water for 15 minutes and get medical attention. For skin contact, wash thoroughly with soap and water. In case of respiratory difficulty, provide fresh air and call physician. If swallowed, call Poison Control Center, hospital emergency room, or physician immediately.

DELAYED EFFECTS FROM LONG TERM OVEREXPOSURE. Contains solvents which can cause permanent brain and nervous system damage. Intentional misuse by deliberately concentrating and inhaling the contents can be harmful or fatal.

WARNING: This product contains chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm.


Material Safety Data Sheet

Safety Data Sheet


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