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I just wanted to say that your wonderful product finally arrived in New Zealand with no problems. I used it yesterday yesterday on my Shahinian speakers that got water damaged and had been like it for a few years!! I am totally blown away with what your product has done to the damaged wood on the speakers, they are not new but they are pretty close!!! I am most impressed, pleased I got a big bottle (still lots left) and well worth the wait while it came by sea. Thank you.

- Philip, New Zealand

"My wife, an experienced refinisher, was mightily impressed with the way Wood Elixir transformed the pieces we needed it for. So well pleased, in fact, that I had to visit Southworks again today, where I bought the last package of Elixir on display! Thanks."

~ Glen, ON

"I used my first order and I love this stuff. It even restored my kitchen cabinet where it was burned in a grease fire. Goes a long way. Thanks."

~ Eileen, TX

"This product does amazing things to furniture, I am impressed."

~ Helen, ON

I received my bottle of Wood Elixer a few days ago and was able to use it yesterday on a few pieces of very old and very dry antique furniture. It works beautifully! I know I will be back for more. It is, by far, the best wood product I have every used and I have searched for years to find a really good product. Thanks so very much.

~ Rosalind B.

I am a return customer - your product is fantastic! I've been able to almost completely restore my great-great-great grandmother's fumed oak table and chairs thanks to you.

~ Elizabeth C.

I can't believe how well your stuff worked. Thanks.

~ William P.

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What is Dr. Woodwell's Wood Elixir?

Dr. Woodwell's Wood Elixir is a unique formulation designed to clean, rejuvenate and enhance all types of wood finishes.

What sets Wood Elixir apart from other products is that it does all three tasks at once.

Wood Elixir solves cleaning problems such as removal of dirt, grime, mildew, grease, wax, dried-on food & beverage stains, sticky residues from tape or gummed labels, paint smears, paint or stain over-spray, chewing gum, lipstick, magic marker, grease pencil, crayon, lead pencil, ball-point pen ink, etc.

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While the surface is being cleaned, the finish is being rejuvenated. As well, damage to the finish caused by dehydration and excess moisture is being repaired through reamalgamation of the finish to the wood surface. Problems solved through this process include removal of white water rings, white hazing, scratches, cracks in the finish, finish separation from the wood, and, Wood Elixir reverses dry-finish flaking. Wood Elixir can even be used to clean and protect painted surfaces, tin, leather, and decals!

  • dull finish
  • surface scratches
  • tin toys
  • toll painting
  • old decals,transfers
  • dehydrated finish
  • lettering
  • logos
  • combination materials i.e. metal, wood, leather
  • brass
  • rust
  • oxidized paint
  • crayon
  • candle wax
  • ink
  • oil-based stains
  • lipstick
  • finger prints
  • smoke film
  • soot
  • smoke smell
  • water-based stains
  • silicone polish residue
  • wax polish build-up
  • magic marker
  • grease pencil
  • lead pencil
  • label removal
  • gum
  • mildew
  • mold
  • mildew smell
  • paint splatters
  • latex or alkyd paint smears
  • oil
  • tape
  • adhesives
  • cigarette burns
  • scorching
  • wicker
  • rattan
  • pet urine
  • crazed/alligator finish

There's no longer a need for the expense of refinishing to solve many furniture finish problems (Antique furniture owners - click here!). Now, you can restore your wood furniture finish yourself quickly, easily and with no experience or expertise required. Best of all, it's inexpensive and it lasts!

Please take just a couple of moments to learn how Wood Elixir can help you solve your furniture finish problems:

Restore ... or Refinish?

Diagram showing how Dr. Woodwell's wood Elixir works

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Restore furniture or refinish furniture? That is the question. Here are some things to consider. "Over-restoration has ruined many a fine piece of furniture. A beginner, through lack of knowledge and an excess of enthusiasm, will often attempt to remove every scar and blemish. This robs the piece of all that evidence which attests to its age and long usage, and as a result you have a piece which looks like a reproduction." (Furniture Repair And Refinishing by Ralph Parsons Kinney)

Furniture Refinishing Costs More Than You Think

Refinishing a piece of antique furniture is expensive and will often reduce its value. Therefore, an antique purchased for $500 could cost another $500 to be refinished and be worth only $300 when completed! The reason for this is that the original patina and characteristics attesting to the age and history of the piece have been removed and with it, a portion of the value. Don't refinish...restore it with Dr. Woodwell's Wood Elixir™. Refinishing furniture requires considerable talent. On the other hand, you can do furniture finish restoration yourself. Quickly, easily and with no experience or expertise required.

Best of all, it's inexpensive and it lasts!

Wood Elixir versus Howard Restor-A-Finish* and Orange Glo*

Wood Elixir's lasting results versus Howard Restor-A-Finish and Orange Glo

The Story Behind This Photo ...

"In October of 1998, I was asked to do a demonstration of the various uses for WOOD ELIXIR at the Southworks Antiques Mall in Cambridge Ontario.

"As one of the demonstration pieces, I took an antique walnut headboard on which I applied Wood Elixir, Restor-a-Finish* and Orange Glo* to separate areas. The original shellac finish was present but dehydrated with noticeable stress fractures and light colored striations indicative of a deterioration of the bond between the wood and the finish which, if left unattended, would cause the finish to flake off.

"After that show, I took my sample pieces home and left them in my driveway intending to store them inside later. Winter came early and the ice formed around the base of the headboard and it became stuck. I left it there, exposed to the elements for the rest of the winter. The above photo was taken in the spring of 1999. You can see that where the Restor-a-Finish and the Orange Glo products were used, the finish is totally missing. Where I applied Wood Elixir the finish was still in tact.

"I still have this headboard. It is still outside. The Wood Elixir treated finish is still in tact!"

Murray Westbrook,
September 2002

What is the difference between Wood Elixir and ...

Howard Restor-A-Finish™ *


Wood Elixir

A tinted surface finish treatment. Adds color to the finish, and the purchase of additional bottles is required to work with different wood and finish colors.

A finish restorer - instead of imparting color or improving appearance cosmetically, Wood Elixir penetrates and restores the original finish. The patina of antique furniture is maintained. One product works with all wood finishes and colors.

Fills scratches by adding color. Particlarly helpful on some modern furniture where the color is in the finish, opposed to wood having been stained and a clear finish applied. Treats and beautifies the surface.

Reduces the appearance of scratches by reactivating and smoothing the existing finish. Certain ingredients penetrate to reamalgamate a dehydrated finish, and leaves a protective membrane even after wiping dry to the touch. Since Wood Elixir penetrates, strengthens and seals the original finish, the results are long-lasting (see photo above).

A quick-drying product. This reduces the ability to control the results.

Wood Elixir offers control over the process and the results. The product cures over a 24 hour period ... if additional applications are required to achieve the desired results, within 24 hours the previous application will be reactivated when additional product is applied. Allowing the sealing membrane to cure between applications, Wood Elixir can be built up to produce a hand-rubbed "French Polish" type of finish.

Click here to read a candid opinion from a Restor-A-Finish user

Orange Glo™ *

Orange Glo*

Wood Elixir

A satisfactory surface cleaner. Orange Glo has no restorative characteristics and offers no lasting protection.

By penetrating and imparting beneficial ingredients, Wood Elixir restores the existing finish instead of simply cleaning the surface. Once Wood Elixir cures, it offers additional protection against future damage.

BriWax™ *


Wood Elixir

BriWax is an excellent protective wax. If the finish is damaged, flaking, or dehydrated, using BriWax (or any wax) will simply seal the damaged surface. Murray Westbrook, creator of Wood Elixir, often saw that on pieces brought into Dr. Woodwell Antiques for restoration.

Dr. Woodwell's Wood Elixir will remove BriWax and re-establish the finish. Wood Elixir will restore the damaged finish, and cure to leave a thin, protective membrane. Numerous coats of Wood Elixir can be applied (allowing 24 hours between applications) to build up a hand-rubbed "French Polish" type finish. However, after restoring the original finish with one application, a good quality wax (like BriWax, or any wax containing carnuba) can be used to produce a higher-gloss.

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