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With the latter, you’d be paying not only for the new wood but also for the labor of ripping out the old wood and toting it away. The job requires using a buffer, which you can rent at a home center, and a vacuum to suck up dust. Buffing hardwood floors can be tricky, so if you’ve never used a buffer before, practice in the middle of the room until you get a feel for how to maneuver it.

Repair Furniture Optional

In this article, I will teach you the ropes on restaining wood furniture and give you additional tips to make sure that the table pulls through the test of time. Determine if you want to lighten or darken your piece. If a darker color is what you want, you are in the right place. Even if you simply want to change the tone of your color (e.g. make it more red or brown) without darkening it, PolyShades® can help. However, if you wish to lighten the color, it is not as simple as applying a light color of PolyShades® over it—you will need to strip the existing finish first. Apply a coat of sanding sealer to the wood with a brush, using short, even strokes.

Photo 7: Brush Sanding Sealer

With either finish, we recommend a fresh coat every two years or whenever the floor looks worn. Stick to that routine and your floors will never wear out. Grab the scraper and use it to remove the old wood stain from the furniture and then wipe the blade with a disposable washcloth between every scrape. You may have to go over and spray it with the stripper and then scrape it again for you to remove the majority of the strain. Now that you have all of the materials and tools needed, you can now follow these instructions on how to restain wood furniture.

How To Refinish A Wood Table In Just A Few Easy Steps

Immediately “tip-off” the wet finish by stroking the entire surface from end to end with long, light, overlapping strokes of the wet brush . That’ll further even out the coat and help eliminate brush marks. If you wait too long before tipping off, you’ll leave brush marks. If you see brush marks after tipping off, leave them and sand them out later. Lastly, look carefully at the edges to find any drips and smooth them out with the brush.

Moisture must penetrate the wood for this to work. Finishes prevent water from penetrating, so Kevin suggests making a bunch of tiny slits with a razor blade to allow the water to penetrate. Use the corner of the blade, and keep the blade parallel to the grain direction. Next, fill the dent with water and wait until it dries.