Hello to all and thank you for reading this post,
This blog is to ask if you can identify what the factory finish is on a table I just purchased from a work college for $35 (no chairs). His young children used it while growing up and the finish has many scratches but nothing a bit of sanding won’t take care of. I plan to use my new Mirka jet-air sander (MJVS5) with Abranet sanding disks. The table comes with two leafs, which are still in excellent condition (lower half of 2nd picture) and represent my refinishing goal for the rest of the table. Are you able to tell what the finish is from the pictures? I am fairly inexperienced with finish, I have done some nice work on oak with pumice and boiled linseed oil but this table finish is new to me which is why I’m writing and why I bought the table, perfect to practice on. So the finish is very smooth (light reflecting off it shows the surface is very uniform and smooth) but I would not say it is a high gloss, in my opinion it’s a satin fnish. Here’s my stab at it, the final coat is either varnish or lacquer but some kind of additive was used to create a satin finish. Or the high gloss was knocked off with some 3M scotch pads (or steel wool?). Well as you can see I’m not very finish savvy.
Here is my plan for refinishing:
(1) Sand through existing finish until wood is silky smooth (raise grain with water at some point)
(2) A paste filler fills the open coat,
(3) Apply stain. Try to get as close as possible to the existing color BUT since I am sanding the entire table, including legs, there is no need for a perfect match.
(4) Varnish or lacquer is applied. Since the grain is closed (step 2) even the first coat will provide a very nice smooth finish. Since I am after a satin finish, either rub the gloss off with 3M scotch pads or add something (?) to the finish to take the gloss away.
Let’s say I decide to leave the legs and table skirt as is and try to match the stain/finish of the table top to this, is is ok to practice on the top (after sanding)? Is this impracticle because too much sanding is required to remove the test patches that did not work? Maybe I should sand the underside of the table (or leafs) for color matching the stain?
Looking forward to your comments and thank you for your time and advice.