Review of The Zenith Tibet Almond Stick

My Rating for the Zenith Tibet Almond Stick

5 stars for The Zenith Tibet Almond Stick

A Strange, Useful Little Product that Really Works

The Zenith Tibet Almond Stick
The Zenith Tibet Almond Stick | Source
Well... It's small, but is it mighty?
Well... It's small, but is it mighty? | Source
I took it out of the can... and took off an outer waxed-paper wrapper.
I took it out of the can... and took off an outer waxed-paper wrapper. | Source
The end of the stick is a felt-like substance.
The end of the stick is a felt-like substance. | Source
Now just glide the stuff on, moving in tiny circles seems to work the best for me.
Now just glide the stuff on, moving in tiny circles seems to work the best for me. | Source

I Discovered This Product in the Hardware Store

The other day I discovered the strangest product—I just have to share this with you.

It was the packaging and size that first caught my attention: it was a small red metal tube in a sea of large, plastic items on the lowest shelf at the hardware store. That alone was enough to get me to pick it up.

I read the label: Tibet Almond Stick. Hm. Okay. What did it do? What was it for?

I read the label carefully and decided to give it a try since it was under $5 anyway: it claimed to erase surface scratches on medium- to dark-colored woods almost like magic.

Having recently moved, I’ve got plenty of those little scratches that need attention.

So I Bought This Little Tibet Almond Stick at the Hardware Store...

So, I bought this Tibet Almond Stick thing, small enough to fit in my purse easily, and when I got home I opened it and was immediately struck by a strange, woodsy-pine, pleasant smell.

Hm.

The stick came wrapped in a waxy paper, which I removed carefully and found another layer of packaging that apparently held the almond stick together, so I left it on.

The stick itself is about the size of a piece of the big fat sidewalk chalk that kids use.

Read the Instructions Twice...

I read the instructions again on how to use it.

Sounded easy enough: just rub a little over a surface scratch (it won’t fix gauges that penetrate the veneer on a covered surface), perhaps rub it a little more with your finger, and let it sit.

So, I went around the house and found that this little, under $5, strangely wonderful-smelling stick worked great on some woods and apparently not at all on others.

Where to Find the Zenith Tibet Almond Stick

My Antique Grand Piano: Free of Tiny Scratches

The Tibet Almond Stick easily handled the numerous small surface scratches on my antique grand piano.
The Tibet Almond Stick easily handled the numerous small surface scratches on my antique grand piano. | Source

It Rejuvenated My Antique Mahogany Piano

Of course, the doors, baseboards, and other woodwork in my new house are white, so I didn’t try the Tibet stick on any of that. However, it rejuvenated my mahogany (dark) grand piano where little scratches had appeared.

It also worked wonders on several other pieces of furniture that picked up some scratches along the way.

It works especially well on antique furniture, which the instructions mentioned.

A Scratch in Walnut: Before and After Treatment with the Tibet Almond Stick

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A scratch on my 1960s vintage walnut Lane coffee table.The first scratch is totally gone! The wood looks like new!
A scratch on my 1960s vintage walnut Lane coffee table.
A scratch on my 1960s vintage walnut Lane coffee table. | Source
The first scratch is totally gone! The wood looks like new!
The first scratch is totally gone! The wood looks like new! | Source

The Effects Seem to Improve Over Time

I discovered something the instructions didn’t talk about, too: the effects get better and better for several days.

For example, the pieces of furniture that I initially thought that it hadn’t worked on, it did a pretty good job of covering those.

From now on, I’m going to put a healthy coat of this stuff on the scratches, then go back through a few days later with a dry cloth towel and rub the clear, slightly oily substance into the overall piece of furniture so there doesn’t appear to be a “wet” spot where I repaired the scratch and for several inches around it. No polka dot furniture for me!

Another Scratch in Walnut: Before and After Treatment with the Tibet Almond Stick

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The second scratch, also on my 1960s vintage Lane coffee table.The second scratch is better--a second treatment and buffing may be needed yet to even out the look. I think this is because someone used wax furniture polish on the table at some point; it has an oil finish and wax should not have been used.
The second scratch, also on my 1960s vintage Lane coffee table.
The second scratch, also on my 1960s vintage Lane coffee table. | Source
The second scratch is better--a second treatment and buffing may be needed yet to even out the look. I think this is because someone used wax furniture polish on the table at some point; it has an oil finish and wax should not have been used.
The second scratch is better--a second treatment and buffing may be needed yet to even out the look. I think this is because someone used wax furniture polish on the table at some point; it has an oil finish and wax should not have been used. | Source

Summary: 5/5 Stars from Me for the Tibet Almond Stick

There are a hundred ways of covering and removing scratches from things, but this is quick, easy, and not dirty—no need to try to scrub stain off your index finger any more. It even smells wonderful (sort of like pine-trees, and yet not).

It goes on clear, quickly and easily, there’s no drying time, and the results are usually immediate (I personally think they actually get better over a few days, but that’s not what the company says).

I still need my little pot of stain and scratch remover for filling and covering the really deep scratches and gauges, such as those caused by my dog, but this is super to keep handy for the little annoying scratches that happen.

The Tibet Almond Stick is perfect for storing in the junk drawer to fix life's littlest “oops”es and to touch up the coffee table before company comes.

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RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

Don't you love these little finds?! Thanks for sharing this one. I'll be looking for the Tibet Almond Stick!


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shea duane 4 years ago from new jersey

Great find! We have some scratches on our piano (only 3 years old) and it's french cherry finish. I'll try this!


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theresa22 4 years ago from Derby, uk

The unexpected finds are often the best. Hope they sell it in the UK, as will be keeping an eye out for that one. Great article.


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Laura Schneider 4 years ago from Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, USA Author

Excellent, shea duane! Let us know how it works--before and after pictures would be a cool bonus, too.


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Laura Schneider 4 years ago from Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, USA Author

Thanks, theresa22! I agree, it's the little things you find that are unexpected that are so fun. I actually had so much fun that I ran around the house covering all the scratches and then thought about writing an article about it and had trouble finding any scratches left to cover to take pictures of! :-) I'm sure you can find some on ebay or Amazon, if they're not in local stores. Tack it on with something else you're buying to save on shipping charges.


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Frangipanni 3 years ago

Wow, never heard of it but definitely one for the draw as you mentioned. Thanks for sharing and voted up


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Laura Schneider 3 years ago from Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, USA Author

I love it when I find little gems like this, don't you? I just have to share them with others. Cheers!


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janices7 3 years ago

I've never heard of this stuff but it seems like it'd be worth it! We have all kinds of knicks that could use fixing.


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Laura Schneider 3 years ago from Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, USA Author

It's useless on some kinds of scratches, but miraculous on others. Good luck with your scratch removing! (Hey, put the kids to work with it: a 5-year-old could probably do it with minor training).

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