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Forum topic by brantley posted 11-23-2010 04:16 PM 1214 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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brantley

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11-23-2010 04:16 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question pine finishing

Im not very experienced in refinishing furniture but my mom is wanting to refinish her kitchen table. Its made of heart pine boards. Should i take the finish off first and sand it down smooth and then re apply a finish?


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#1 posted 11-23-2010 04:35 PM

Depending on the finish it currently has i would say your thinking is on the right track. A good cleaning after sanding would be the prudent thing to do as well, maybe with some mineral spirits.

-- rock, chalk, jayhawk

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#2 posted 11-23-2010 06:12 PM

Are you refinishing just the top or the whole table? Another question I would ask is how severe is the damage? If the damage is minimal you may be able to just repair the damage spot and blend in the finish to restore the table. Another thing that helps is if you know what it was finished with. In some cases you may not have to remove the finish to bare wood and a light sanding may be all that is needed to reapply a new finish coat/top coat. Your thought process is on track, just be sure to remove all dust before applying new finish.

-- I don't make mistakes, I have great learning lessons, Greg

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#3 posted 11-23-2010 06:22 PM

greg n i am referring to just the top. It is not damaged really just “worn” from years and years of eating on it.

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#4 posted 11-23-2010 06:49 PM

I would test the finish on it first. Go underneath to test with alcohol, then mineral spirits to see if the finish is lacquer or shellac or varnish. If the top is not damaged to the wood and has a shellac finish you can just clean it with mineral spirits and apply shellac on top. The shellac dissolves the layers below it. I would then put on a final coat of poly. If the finish is poly or varnish you can save a lot of labor by removing the finish with a card scraper. If you use a chemical remover, use a “green” one. They work well but slower. You can apply a coat on the top then cover it with plastic rap. That slows the evaporation and increases the removal effects. Scrape the old off. Then wash the top with distilled water. Lightly sand and you are ready to resurface.

-- John from Jackson, Michigan

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#5 posted 11-23-2010 06:58 PM

Rev_John seems to have covered my next suggestion. Since its the just the top this will be a quick project and relatively straight forward. It sounds as if using a chemical stripper won’t be needed. Should look great when your done.

-- I don't make mistakes, I have great learning lessons, Greg

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#6 posted 11-23-2010 08:51 PM

Good Luck and Good woodworking.

-- John from Jackson, Michigan

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