Refinishing a coffee table & need help on protective coatings

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10-15-2010 04:40 PM

Topic tags/keywords: refinishing furniture protective coatings question trick

I need some help…

I am in the process of refinishing a coffee table. I sanded the darn thing, applied 2 coats of stain & don’t know what to do for a protective finish. It needs to be simple, I don’t know what I’m doing…

Any suggestions?

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#1 posted 10-15-2010 04:50 PM

Polyurethane is a good, safe option. Of the common finishes, it provides the most protection. Minwax makes a rub on polyurethane. It leaves a pretty thin layer and, IMO, you need to build up at least 5 layers.

It’s a good idea to administer some light sanding between layers. Make certain that it is completely dry before sanding. I use a fine grit paper and/or steel wool.

There are other options, but this is the safe, sure and simple option.

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#2 posted 10-15-2010 05:56 PM

Rich’s answer is a good one—”wipe on polyurethane” or “rub on polyurethane” is what you should look for.
You may not like the look of it after 1 or two coats, but be patient and keep adding coats until it looks like the finish you want.
By the way, when Rich recommends “light sanding between layers”—you don’t need to sand off what you last put down. The idea is to just rough it up a little so the next layer will have good adhesion to the previous layer.
If you use steel wool, I like to use 0000. If you use sandpaper, I like 320 grit or finer. Make sure you clean off ALL of the dust and/or steel wool residue before wiping on the next layer.

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#3 posted 10-15-2010 08:14 PM

Rich and tbone are right on the money-can’t beat poly—you can get some very fine sandpaper at most Auto Parts stores—it’s used for autobody repair-as tbone says-steel wool works well too-
and welcome to Lumberjocks!!

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#4 posted 10-15-2010 08:26 PM

You guys rock!

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