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New to woodworking and need refinishing advice.

by Zor
posted 583 days ago


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waho6o9

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#1 posted 583 days ago

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#2 posted 583 days ago

I read that thread earlier. Are you implying that I need to sand it down and re-finish it? I was hoping to avoid that and keep the character of the desk in tact.

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waho6o9

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#3 posted 583 days ago

Depends on the look you want.

Personally, I’d sand it down and start over, but that’s just the way
I would do it.

Maybe pick up a book on refinishing, or look on you tube.

How do you want it to look?

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Stargazer

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#4 posted 583 days ago

It’s not going to be easy to try to match an old finish where it’s hard to tell. I’d say try some tung oil FINISH (not tung oil) only on the places that need it, see how that works.

But being a mechanic you’ll understand you can’t repaint a 10 year old car door and have it not stick out compared to the rest of the car. Just experiment, you might end up with something that works out.

Rick

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#5 posted 583 days ago

Thanks Rick.

Any thoughts on Howards Restor-a-finish or Fromby’s?

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Clint Searl

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#6 posted 583 days ago

DO NOT SAND!

1. Scrub the hell out of it with naptha and maroon scotchbrite, followed by a coat of raw tung oil thinned with naptha. If it’s still too grubby…

2. Strip it with an MEC or citrus stripper, and return to Step 1.

DO NOT SAND!

-- Clint Searl.............We deserve what we tolerate

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#7 posted 583 days ago

With all due respect Mr. Clint Searl

don’t you mean MEK?

methyl ethyl ketone

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#8 posted 583 days ago

yep that MEK is some stout poopy

-- Stevo, work in tha city woodshop in the country

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#9 posted 582 days ago

I would remove the outer finish…formbys furniture refinisher..then put a new coat of zinsser SHELLAC back on then buff with steel wool then the pastwax…will not b glossey but smooth as a babys but!!!!

-- IF YOUR NOT MAKING DUST...YOU ARE COLLECTING IT! SOUTH CAROLINA.

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Clint Searl

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#10 posted 582 days ago

waho609….No, MEC, methylene chloride is the stripper. MEK is used to fuse join acrylic plastic.

-- Clint Searl.............We deserve what we tolerate

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Zor

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#11 posted 582 days ago

I’m going with kezerpea’s method. Thanks for all the suggestions. I think it’s original finish woulda been shellac so I think that’s what it deserves. I’m one coat in, waiting to steel wool it, then another coat and we’ll see about waxing. I’ll have a finished picture up here in a few days.

Thanks again and Merry Christmas LumberJocks!

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#12 posted 582 days ago

yep shellac is easy to put on with a pad Ive just started using shellac and its a great finish and you can build layers up quick using a pad I really was afraid of shellac till I watched Peter Gedry finish and its just a feel but its just beautiful when its done watch peter on UTUBE its a great video on finishing

-- Stevo, work in tha city woodshop in the country

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#13 posted 582 days ago

Thank you Clint for clearing that up.

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Zor

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#14 posted 581 days ago

Thanks for the YouTube recommendation. I wish I would’ve watched it before I started. Oh we’ll, shellac seems pretty forgiving. I made a cheesecloth pad like in the video and gave it one final coat this morning. It all came together. I just need to repeat the process on the rolltop portion and then I’ll take a finished picture.

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#15 posted 577 days ago

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