From Ugly to Beautiful
Refinishing wood sounds complicated, by this step by step process might help it seem less daunting! There is nothing quite like looking at a finished product that YOU completed all by yourself! And yes......sometimes it doesn't quite turn out like we want it to or think it should.....but its trial and error! After several projects, you will find that you get better and better.
First step is acessing what you are working on. Is it real wood? Is it in good condition or splintering like crazy? Make sure you know exactly what you are dealing with.
Now that you have established it is real wood, you will need to apply (possibly) a stripper. Sometimes you can just skip this process and go straight to sanding.....or painting/staining.
For small projects, aerosol spray paint stripper is extremely convenient. Make sure you are outdoors in a well ventilated space........spray the stripper evenly over the surface of the wood and let it sit for the recommended time (usually 5 to 10 minutes). You will be able to see the old finish start to lift off the wood. There are also other forms of strippers you can use.....liquid form. These require again, working outside or in a well ventilated area....and proper gloves to protect your hands.
Now that you have applied the stripper and let it do its magic......you need to remove the old finish. Use a scraper tool, and go WITH the grain of the wood and slowly scrape up the finish. Wipe the blade clean with a cloth and continue the process until all the finish has been removed. You may need to repeat the first step more than once.
Once you are done removing the finish, you need to clean the wood. The best thing to use is a Mineral Spirits. Use a clean cloth and mineral spirits and remove any residual stripper. Then allow the table or wood piece you are working on to fully dry before moving on to the next step.
Sand it Smooth.........Just use a fine grit, (200 +) and lightly sand the table. This will just ensure that all residue and finish are removed. Again, remember to go WITH the grain of the wood.
Wipe down the table very well with a damp cloth, removing all dust.
You're almost done!! Choose the paint or stain you want to use, and get started! If using paint, it may take several coats to get an even look........once the paint is dry, for best results, seal it with a polyurethane sealant. How To Refinish Wood Mesa AZ
If staining is your choice, start with a little stain on your brush or cloth, and go WITH the grain of the wood. Keep it even with the amount you apply.......and rub it in well. Allow to fully dry before adding additional coats. How To Refinish Wood Mesa AZ
Now......sit back and admire!
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