1. Where are you located?
23 Island Breeze Court
Manahawkin, New Jersey 08050
2. What type of furniture restoration do
We perform touch up restoration of older finishes and can
repair scratches, holes. dents. gauges. chips, rub marks, and water damages.
3. Do you work
strictly on site or do you have a shop?
I work on site in homes,
offices, warehouses and anywhere that I have to travel to do my
work. I do not have a shop where you might bring furniture
for touch up or restoration.
4. How do you charge for
My prices are based on the
difficulty of the work to be done and a daily rate. Charges
are for a quarter day, half day or a full day of work.
Each job is different with it's own set of circumstances and
difficulties. Some jobs take less time than other
jobs. Others take more time due to drying time of paints,
5. Do you give free
In most cases the estimates
are free. There are some instances when you are
charged. I charge for estimates that are outside of the tri
state area and I charge for insurance estimates. The charge
for insurance estimates is deducted from the overall charge on the
final invoice once the work is completed.
6. Do you accept checks,
credit, debit or cash?
I accept checks or cash and
a receipt is given for both for tax purposes as needed.
Sorry, but no credit or debit cards. All work is Payment on
Completion for private work and 10 days for commercial accounts.
7. What is touch up?
Touch up is the ability to
repair cracks, scratches, dents, holes, gouges and more using
filler if needed and touch up colors. There is faux graining
involved very often where I have to make the touch up blend into
the finish to look like the wood itself. Other times there is
touch up using solid colors and then at times buffing of the
area. Many colors are custom matched.
8. What is restoration?
Restoration means cleaning
an existing finish or surface of all dirt, grease, oils, older
polish, etc. Then, the surface is touched up.
Finally the surface is French polished using a water based
polyurethane made especially for padding the finish onto the
surface to protect the touch up areas and to make the piece look
cleaner, more lustrous, and well kept.
9. What pieces can be
Any wood surface can be
restored. An example is Kitchen cabinets, Furniture, Wall
Units, and Antiques. All can be restored.
10. How is restoration different from refinishing?
Refinishing means stripping the finish off the wood surface to
start new from the surface of the wood. In essence
refinishing means putting a brand new finish on the surface of the
wood. New stain, new lacquer, etc. Restoration means
working with the already existing finish to restore it back to an
almost new appearance without the same time needed to refinish
pieces. Refinishing pieces normally has to be done in a shop
with some minor exceptions where restoring pieces can be done on
site in your home, office or warehouse. The cost of
restoration is usually less expensive than the cost of
11. What type of work do you do on new Kitchen Cabinets?
I work on new and older kitchen cabinets. I touch up or as some
like to say, "detail" new kitchen cabinets after
installation has been made. At times, there may be problems with
the finish that originated from the factory like glazing being
uneven a missed area that needs the finish applied, scratches,
etc. Other times, there could have been damage problems on
delivery which I will repair. And still, other times, there might
be problems due to installation such as abrasions, scratches,
holes from nails used to install molding, holes in doors or
drawers where a mistake was made installing handles and knobs.
Therefore I complete the work on the cabinets so that customer is
satisfied that the product they purchased is as perfect as man can
12. What type of work do you do on older Kitchen Cabinets?
I restore the finish on them by doing what I described in the
question and answer for "restoration". All holes,
scratches, gouges, water damage, grease, oil, dirt have been
cleaned and repaired and the cabinets look sensational once the
prep work is complete and after the French polish method is used
to make them look nearly as good as new.
13. Do you do the same time of work to new and older furniture
as you do to kitchen cabinets?
Absolutely. The same process is used on Furniture and Antiques
that I use on Kitchen Cabinets. Whether your furniture needs
simple touch up work to rid the look of banged up or damaged
furniture or if your furniture needs more TLC and requires
restoration, the process is pretty much the same.