|Forum topic by JoeMurphy||posted 04-10-2013 06:10 AM||724 views||0 times favorited||8 replies|
04-10-2013 06:10 AM
Hello, I figure someone here will be able to set me in the right direction. I have 7 year old “natural maple” dining table with two leafs. The finish has taken a real beating at the seams between the leaves from items being slid over the table. I want to refinish this top but I wonder what to use to achieve the same color. Polyurethane is clear and I imagine would be much less of the warm yellow the table is now. Where the wood is bare I have wiped it with water and looks almost the same color as the areas with undamaged finish while wet so maybe it is stained lightly. I cannot dedicate much time to this little project but I do not want to just let this keep getting worse or let my 4 small children continue spill stuff on bare wood and completely wreck the table. So….
1. Would it work to go after the whole top with a RO sander using say 180 grit to scuff the finish and remove any finish that is loose and then apply a couple of coats of finish? Or do I need to get to bare wood on the whole top?
2. What product would be the same color as what is existing and be durable? Ideally I would want to use something low odor and fast drying as I have house full of little ones and we will be eating off of folding tables 3 times a day while I am dong this.
Thanks in advance for any advise anyone shares.