Refinishing an antique table can be a time consuming and difficult endeavor. But those who undertake the task know there is no greater satisfaction than standing back and looking at a shiny, rich oak table that was previously discarded as trash. Refinishing doesn’t have to be a chore when you know the right techniques. We’ve compiled four time-saving and efficient techniques to help you take someone’s old trash and turn it into a treasure.
1. Don’t Skip the Sanding – Trust us, this will save you many headaches in the long run. Even if you’ve got a perfectly smooth piece of wood, hidden imperfections, if not buffed out early on can be a nightmare later.
2. Use a Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner – Wood pores are irregular and a good Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner can reduce the likelihood of blotchiness when these irregular pores absorb the stain you apply.
3. Don’t Work In the Dark – Sure, you’re probably refinishing a nice pine table after a hard day at work, but don’t skimp on the light. Borrow a lamp or two from the living room. This will make sure you’re getting an even coat on your finish.
4. Clean All Dust – Dust can ruin any good finish job, especially if you’ve done a thorough sanding. Make sure you use a clean, damp wash cloth and let the table dry completely before applying your first coat. Then make sure it is dust free in between coats to ensure a sparkling, even finish.
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