Fixing damaged paint of dinning table with wood veneer

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Forum topic by LS00722 posted 08-22-2016 05:56 PM 522 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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08-22-2016 05:56 PM

Hi all:
I have a dinning table purchased about 3 years ago, the paint on the top is falling off. The table top also has groove, which is bad design for dinning table, since the food can trap inside the groove and it’s very hard to clean them out. I was thinking that I could fill the groove with some material, and sand it and repaint, is it doable?
For veneered furnature, is it possible to sand and repaint it at all? do i need to stain it, or paint it? I am attaching the picture, can anybody give me a clue what kind of paint/stain I need to apply after sanding it? and what type of sand paper I should use? It seems like oak veneer, but I have no clue about the color.

I got answer from another forum saying that I have to strip it to bare wood and refinish it. don’t quite understand what he meant. I am only intending to fix the top layer.

Thanks a lot

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#1 posted 08-24-2016 06:27 PM

If you want it to look like natural wood when you refinish it, you need to sand it down until there is no more stain color in the wood. Depending on the thickness of the veneer, it can be difficult to sand the stain out without sanding through the veneer.

If you’re willing to paint it instead of stain it, you can just sand enough to get through the finish on the table. Most likely, the table has a lacquer or polyurethane protective finish on top of the veneer. Paint will not easily stick to that, so you need to sand down so it has a wood surface to bond to.

Without more pictures it’s tough to see how thick the veneer is to know what type of sandpaper to recommend.

-- Derek ~ Omaha, NE

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