Commonly asked Questions

Q: Do you just refinish cabinets?

A: Not at all. We do interior trim, doors, staircases, wall paneling and fireplace mantels. We can clean and seal your stone and brick fireplaces, too. We do not refinish floors.

Q: How long does an average kitchen take to refinish?

A: Our experienced team can be in and out in just a couple of days, but one day is not an uncommon time frame for smaller kitchens.

Q: Do you refinish furniture?

A: Yes but not as a primary project nor do we take bids for it. If we are working on another project in the home we will always consider adding dining table tops, coffee tables and chair backs at a very affordable price.

Q: Don’t you have to sand the old finish off?

A: No. Most finishes require thorough sanding, but Gleam Guard does not! Our finish adheres well to any finish. Most other finishes are not compatible with each other. For example, if you put Polyurethane over Lacquer (the most common finish) it appears to have worked but just a little Scotch tape will pull it off. You will have a mess that’s impossible to repair because poly is almost too hard to sand. Our Citrus prepares your surface properly, assuring our finish will stick!

Q: Can’t I use lemon oil, oil soap or a scratch remover to fix my cabinets?

A: Yes, but it’s not a good idea. Those are only a temporary solution. Most of the magic type cabinet products contain Petroleum Distillate which will soften your cabinet’s finish and leave an oil film on them attracting dust. They make a temporary improvement but in the long term they accelerate the deterioration of your finish. Some products have color in them and will stain any exposed wood, making it much harder to repair.

Q: Isn’t your process just a temporary fix?

A: No. You should expect long-term durability. We have customers who say they still look great after 20 years.

Q: Is it something I could do myself?

A: No, there is a strong chance you will ruin your cabinets.

If you watch us work, our process may appear to be somewhat simple. However, there is a large knowledge base of stains, cleaning & finish products and extensive training involved.

Gleam Guard is not a product but a service requiring expert master craftsmanship.

Q: Do I need to empty my cabinets before you start?

A: No. With no dust flying around there is no reason to empty your cabinets.

Q: Can you change the color?

A: Yes. Please keep in mind, these added steps will increase the labor time and price. We generally recommend using a highly-qualified professional who specializes in color changes. We would be happy to recommend someone we have worked with before and trust.

Q: Can I just paint my cabinets?

A: We don’t recommend it. We frequently get phone calls from people complaining they painted their cabinets and the paint is peeling off. Often perspective home buyers call to ask if we can remove the brushed on paint. We have to tell them no. Be careful not to ruin your cabinets with a bad paint job.

 

Testimonials

  • “Jim and Andrew refinished my cabinets to look better than they did when we built our home in 1997.  The wood that was used was soft and had not...

    Deborah H. – Collinsville, OK

  • “Jim Urban refinished a 6 foot medium oak finish vanity; the vanity had some moisture damage.  He was there for a few hours and the vanity looks like new.  He...

    Jennifer O. – Branson, MO

  • “Jim refinished our kitchen, 4 baths, wet bar and utility room cabinets. He did and Excellent Job; it looks like new cabinets were just installed. The kitchen center island...

    Laurence M. – Kimberling City, MO

  • “Mr. Jim, the Gleam Guard Cabinet Refinishing employee, was very professional.  When the job was finished, I could hardly recognize our cabinets – the job was done that well!” Angie’s...

    Roger M. – Claremore, OK

  • “Jim was friendly, arrived punctually, had the kitchen completed in a day and a half.  I felt he was honest, trustworthy and they totally cleaned up when finished.” Angie’s...

    Karen C. – Nixa, MO

  • “Workers called day before scheduled work to verify schedule- work performed professionally with no hitches.  Work space kept clean & orderly when workers left.  Very pleased with results” Angie’s...

    Lynn & Annette M. – Nixa, MO

  • “Jim and his helper arrived on time, worked without disrupting the household.  They finished when promised.  Very professional, friendly, and accommodating.” Angie’s List customer

    Glenn A. – Springfield, MO

  • ” Jim was meticulous and thorough.  He was a pleasure to work with” Angie’s List customer

    Eric P. -Springfield, MO

  • “Jim, Tim and Michael came and worked one full day and Jim came back second day to finish up and check on anything missed.” Angie’s List customer

    Rick and Shirley L. – Ozark, MO

  • “The 3 person crew did beautiful work, very conscientious, very courteous & professional. They clearly cared about their work and cared about customer satisfaction. Did a great job!” Angie’s...

    Barbara M. – Springfield, MO

  • “Refinish cabinet in kitchen and 3 bathrooms, also 1 door.  They were on time, on budget with their estimates and did an excellent work.   All woodwork they did...

    Victor P. – Springfield, MO

  • “Great, on time, completed project as agreed, neat and cleaned up cost was as estimated, very satisfied.” Angie’s List customer

    Richard F. – Branson, MO

  • “Jim and his team cleaned away the old marked finish on our kitchen cabinets and kitchen floor, touched up places where the wood stain was damaged and then applied...

    Anthony Y. – Springfield, MO

  • “He showed & measured. We asked on a price & they got to work. 8 hours later they were totally finished.” Angie’s List customer

    Debbi M. – Bolivar, MO

  • “Jim was excellent at working around my schedule. he was on time and worked quickly with fantastic results.” Angie’s List customer

    Vickie E. – Nixa, MO

  • “Jim was on time, reasonable priced wear, friendly and professional. He even fixed one of my kitchen drawers and adjusted all the cabinet door hinges.” Angie’s List customer

    Pamela M. – Nixa, MO

  • “Cabinets look great. Jim and his team were friendly, professional and cleaned up after themselves. We were so happy, we referred some friends who also loved the results!” BBB...

    Jack R. –

  • “Needless to say after 43 years of wear and tear my kitchen cabinets needed help. So here comes Jim to my rescue he glued all the seam spaces back...

    Erma Y.

  • “Jim did wonderfully in refinishing my cabinetry. He not only made them look like new, but also accomplished the job without making the use of my kitchen inconvenient. He...

    La Verne S.

  • “We were very happy with the job that Jim and Gleam Guard Cabinet Refinishing did on our cabinets. We were impressed by their professionalism and detailed work as the...

    Connie W.

  • “Very, very happy with our cabinets. They are 45 years old and they looked it. Now they look like new. I wish we had gotten this done a long...

    Ginger Bishop

  • I wanted to rip out the nasty cabinets that was in our new house that we had bought as a repo. The money to replace the cabinets would have...

    John R.

  • “The owner and crew were very detailed and particular about the refinishing process. It met all of my expectations. It was a pleasant experience working with this company. They...

    H H.

  • “Our kitchen cabinets were 18 years old and showed the wear. Jim and his son refinished the cabinets over two days and the result was exactly what we hoped...

    John D.

  • “We had a wonderful outcome with Gleam Guard for our cabinet refinishing. Jim & Tim were meticulous & kept us posted on every detail of the work. We had...

    Barbi O.

  • “We met Jim’s son at the Ozark Empire Fair he was telling us of this wonderful products that would prepare and refinish my cabinets and would have no offensive...

    Peggy R. – Spokane, MO

  • “Gleam Guard was a great option to replacing my kitchen and bathroom cabinets. I liked the color of my cabinets and needed them to be refreshed. Gleam Guard came...

    Nancy B.

  • “They did a great job on our cabinets. They seem to genuinely care about the work and tried to keep the house clean and clean up after they finished....

    Tim W.

  • “I met Jim at the home show and discussed my kitchen cabinets. Jim was easy to talk to and we scheduled an appointment to look at the 21 year...

    Daryl R.

  • “3 Days before Thanksgiving 2015 Gleam Guard came to refinish our kitchen cabinets. The father and son team were remarkable, and very professional. I have lived in the Ozarks...

    Steve C.

  • “This company was very easy to work with. Employees were friendly and thorough. I would highly recommend them to anyone who is in the market for cabinet refinishing.” BBB...

    Chase P.

  • “Jim and Tim just completed our cabinets in the kitchen and bathroom. I am very pleased with their work. I consider the price to be reasonable. Very honest and...

    Debbie B.

  • “Work was very professional and pleasing. Definitely liked the results.” BBB Website

    Harry S.

  • “My cabinets look brand new! The process is essentially odorless and dustless. Jim and his crew were very considerate and conscience. I can heartily recommend their service.” BBB Website 

    Karla M.

  • “I am completely happy with Cabinet Refinishing Center by Gleam Guard. Jim Urban was professional and did an excellent job. I highly recommend him to anyone who needs any...

    Margo K.

  • “Jim was friendly, arrived punctually, had the kitchen completed in a day and a half. I felt he was honest, trustworthy and they totally cleaned up when finished”

    Karen Carmichael Nixa, MO.

  • “I wanted to rip out the nasty cabinets that are in the new house that we bought as a repo. The money to replace the cabinets would have come...

    John Robison – Republic, MO

  • “Thank you for doing a great job in my home. Not only was the craftsmanship superb, but the attention to detail and extra effort to finish in one day...

    Jack H. Cole Mayor, Rogersville, MO.

  • “Gleam Guard technology brought our dull cabinets back to life! They looked so good we had all of our molding, doors & frames treated.”

    John & Sally McAlear – Springfield, MO.

  • “Thanks for such a beautiful transformation of my old kitchen cabinets. Gleam Guard’s attention to detail, care of my household and genuine desire to do the best possible job...

    James Lowell Thomas ( V.P. Architecture & Construction, John Q. Hammons, Inc. Ret.)

  • “Gleam Guard was a Godsend! After finishing a home addition and remodel, our kitchen cabinets, doors and trim still looked old and worn. The Gleam Guard Team made them...

    Dr. Jeff & Carmen Dorman-Springfield, MO.

  • “I spent three years going to local shops & calling radio “woodworking experts”, but no one could help my cabinets. I’m still amazed at how simple it was for...

    Dr. Brett & Laurie Bowling – Monette, Mo.

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