|Forum topic by marysavings||posted 10-16-2015 12:57 AM||972 views||0 times favorited||9 replies|
10-16-2015 12:57 AM
Hi! I am a stay-at-home mom, completely inexperienced with finishing, but financially unable to purchase new furniture at this time.
I bought a beautiful, large dining room claw foot table with a leaf for $100 a few years ago. At that time, the top finish and stain had been rubbed off from use and cleaning chemicals to bare wood over much of the table top surface. the legs and chairs are in acceptable condition. The finish on the leaf was not as badly damaged, but also had scratches and such.
A couple of months ago, I sanded down to the wood on the table top and leaf.
I then worked to match the stain closely and stained the top and leaf. I LOVED the way the stained top looked.
Then I made a poor decision from lack of experience and knowledge.
After spending a lot of hours researching, I read somewhere that lacquer would be the strongest top coat. I didn’t realize there were ‘different’ lacquers and purchase MinWax clear coat brushing lacquer from Walmart. I applied a first coat of 50/50 lacquer and lacquer thinner, then started coats just slightly thinned every 2 hours (sometimes overnight depending on my schedule). I put a total of 4 coats on the table top, disliking the result more and more as I went, but hoping it would get better.
I had some blushing and read to sand that out, so I did. Anyways, the end result was a very very lumpy topcoat with obvious brushstrokes and un-even appearance. some areas looked more opaque and milky than clear. From some angles and in low light, the table looks fair, but when the sun or light shines on it or at other angles, it looks uneven and milky in areas.
I have been trying to find out how best to repair this without adding too much cost to the project.
I have already sanded with 100 grit paper to remove ‘most’ of the hand brush lacquer.
I do not know if the lacquer and thinner damaged the stain job, but in low light, before I started sanding, the stain job looked fine. The finish of course is very milky and cloudy now, with lots of scratching in the lacquer from the sanding.
I purchased an inexpensive sprayer and have borrowed an air compressor.
My plan is: Sand with 220, then with 320 grit to get everything smoothed down and level.
Purchase from Sherwin-Williams a gallon of pre-catylized lacquer and their recommended thinner.
Spray pre-catylized lacquer over the remaining sanded out finish. (I will practice on some scrap wood first to get the hang of the sprayer and thinning needs).
Please let me know your advice regarding my plan. Thank you so much for any help that anyone can provide! I have high hopes for a beautiful table top when this is “finished”. :)