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Techniques, tools, products and safety related to removing finish from a piece and reapplying a new finish.

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What's a good way to lighten the colour of this chair, returning it to a natural-wood appearance?

I bought these secondhand cross-back chairs and I think they look great. However I think they will look even better if they have a brighter colour. I'm looking to suggestions for easy ways to make ...
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Advice for retouching old oak/maple furniture at home [finish losses]

I am reframing a question from before as my requirements have changed. I have found a great old oak table and chair set which the neighbours wanted to get rid off. The table has a manufacturer label ...
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Can I touch up old oak chairs and tables using Howard's Restor-A-Finish?

I have found a great old oak table and chair set which the neighbours wanted to get rid off. It is well used but in good condition. The photo below shows the wear and tear the set has had over years (...
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Refinishing a scratched mahogany veneer vanity

I am new to refinishing and slowly working on some pieces of furniture. I am currently refinishing a vintage vanity comprised of mahogany veneer. I now have a bunch of scratch marks in the veneer that ...
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Re-finish water-based polyurethane tabletop without having to sand again

Two years ago I sanded back my mid century table top and refinished with varathane water based polyurethane. I placed a 1 1/2 mm thick clear plastic protector over the top. This has produced what I ...
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Can I spray Minwax water based polyurethane clear satin?

I sprayed a water based polyurethane (Minwax) on a lot of cabinets, but it was about 15 years ago. It was relatively noxious, but it sprayed great out of my inexpensive HVLP gun and compressor. I'm ...
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Darken new wood for refinishing to match existing older wood?

I am refinishing a floor, but there is new maple being installed alongside 20 year old maple. The problem with this that the old maple, even after it is sanded, will probably be a little darker than ...
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Good methods for scuffing/sanding ready-built furniture with contours for repainting

FYI - I am in the UK I am wanting to do a few upcycling jobs on pieces of furniture that have some interesting compound curves and details (think of beaded panel doors etc). My goal is to paint them a ...
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Can resin or epoxy be poured over a poly finish?

I pulled the tile out of my dining table and replaced it with multiple wooden slats that I torched, sanded, then stained. The valleys in the grain are amazing and I left a smooth board in the center ...
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Proper way to re-oil a wood swim deck?

I’ve had the swim deck pictured below on my boat for a few summers now and the finish is getting pretty faded. I bought some teak oil to re-oil (right term?) it, but I’m unsure if I should just apply ...
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Antique Danish Oil is still sticky months after application. How can I get it to cure?

I refinished a softwood tabletop using Minwax Red Oak 215 stain and Circa 1850 Antique Danish Oil. I've waited over 6 months and the oil is still sticky/tacky! We're talking post-it note levels. I ...
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How to remove a heavy wire-brushed finish?

I bought a (solid) 32x70in white oak dining table that has a pretty heavily wire-brushed finish, something like: The crevices extend over 1mm below the surface. It's really quite impractical as food/...
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Refurbishing Posts & Beams in a Modern 1954 House

I'm trying to refurbish the posts and beams in my house. They're quite beat up in some spots and have water damage streaks in the existing finish(es) in others, so I've decided to strip the existing ...
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fixing water spots on boiled linseed finish

I learned recently that boiled linseed is not a great finish when exposed to any amount of water. I have a piece near a sink that gets a few drops now and then, and these have become lighter spots due ...
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Varnish rubbing off on my desk

So I restored an old family desk at home. Replaced the mouldings around the edges of the drawers, changed the handles and upholstered the cloth that sat on the desk. I sanded down and stained the desk ...
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Efficiently staining a White Cedar Fence

I'm looking to stain my outdoor yard fencing. The white cedar fencing is about 12 yrs old, in good shape, and is now a light grey color. What would be the most efficient way to stain the fence? I ...
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Stain lifting when refinishing antique maple door

I am refinishing an antique interior door for our bedroom. I scraped off the old varnish type finish, maybe shellac, and sanded to bare wood (220 grit). I applied oil based "Old Masters" ...
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Overpainting corner hutch

I would like to refinish the inside of a corner hutch. Below are images of the current condition. Click on image for a larger version of the image. Click on image for a larger version of the image. ...
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Repairing damaged indoor teak furniture

I have a teak console that was damaged by friend who had it stored in their house. This damage was caused by water rings. And this was caused by melted wax from a candle! I've scraped the wax off ...
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Tack cloth stickiness

I finished a table using miniwax and tung oil. After three layers of tung oil, I lightly sanded and then used a tack cloth to remove the dust. The top is now sticky. How do I remove the stickiness ...
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Refinished old door looks awful, nothing like I expected! How to fix?

I had my interior doors dipped a couple years ago and have been gradually staining them (using gel stain and gel varnish). They don't look perfect, but I think they're really pretty (see first two ...
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Do I need to strip my wood?

I'm painting a guitar using acrylic paints - Daler-Rowney system 3. I sanded off the old finish on the guitar, and have spray painted it white, before applying multiple coats of paint. I noticed, ...
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Can I glue back a piece of black lacquer finish onto my piano leg?

I have a piano with a black lacquer finish. A piece of the finish has chipped off one of the legs. I have the piece that has been chipped off and can fit it into the damaged part perfectly. Is ...
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Recycling wood based on the level of treatment

I will start this question with an apology if it's not a good way to ask for what I am looking for (woodworking recycling). I try to find a way to recycle used furniture, based on the level of ...
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Unremovable white powdery residue after wet sanding wood

I'm new to woodworking and know very little, so apologies if this is an extremely basic question or I'm doing something completely wrong. Recently I've tried to sand away a few imperfections on a ...
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How to take care of an antique wood cabinet

I have an antique cabinet that my grandfather built decades ago and I want to preserve it. I don't think he has done anything to preserve the wood so I should probably do some work on it. I would ...
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Finishes over mineral oil

Over the past few days I have been refinishing a cedar chest. I used stripper and a razor blade to remove most of the old finish before starting to sand. I sanded it up to 600 grit. I was reading ...
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How to find replacement body paint for Record #07 handplane

Question I'm restoring a Record #07 hand plane (see Images section below). I plan to use electrolysis to clean the rust out of the nooks and crannies, and I suspect doing so might also attack the ...
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How to correct water based stain dried streaky

I am staining a wood table which I believe might be oak. The table has been sanded to 150 grit and pre-conditioned with water based Minwax product. Last night we applied water based Minwax stain. ...
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Outgassing of oil-modified polyurethane

We recently (a month ago) had our oak floors refinished with Precision Oil Modified Polyurethane. The odor has diminished substantially, and I hardly notice it at all any more, except sometimes when I ...
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Remove old oil stains from oak table before refinishing

I've bought an oak table to give it a second life as our dining table, our plan is to refinish it with (hardwax) oil. It was quite stained and originally treated with some kind of oil. So my ...
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Can I remove existing wood finishes using a jointer or planer without damaging the cutting knives?

From time to time I get hold of a piece of a salvaged wood stock that has been previously finished. If it is a good species, I would like to reuse it, but have always been concerned about removing ...
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How to re-seal a kitchen chair seat

Long story short here of several rookie mistakes that have led me to this question...I have a couple of kitchen chairs that I refinished recently. I chalk-painted everything but the seats, and left ...
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Removing shiny poly from Aromatic Cedar to restore natural appearance

I recently purchased some beautiful bedroom furniture which is all solid aromatic cedar. The exteriors of each piece (such as drawer faces and the visible surfaces of the bed frame) are all covered ...
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What glaze or surface treatment to repair this bar?

I have a bar that has a corner that was damaged in a move: It seems as if the wood underneath the finish is MDF. But, how do I identify what the finish is that was used here, so that I can identify ...
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35 year old D.R. Dimes windsor chairs need freshening up

I have 12 D.R. Dimes windsor chairs that were finished with some sort of painted crackle effect, dark green with peeks of red. They are approximately 35 years old and the finish is looking dull. I ...
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How to freshen wooden box

I have an old Chess set which has been in storage in what would appear to be less than ideal conditions. (Photo taken with flash.) One half of the box (on one side only, ie the half that is not shown ...
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How to refinish artificially textured surface?

I'm having a bureau used as a working place (for writing, working, studying). Its top has artificially (I suppose) texture finished with lacquer or varnish. It looks OK, but using it as intended (to ...
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Refinishing an "antique" storm door

I recognize that this may be more appropriate for DIY, but what I'm doing hies pretty closely to classic woodworking, so let's give it a try. I've read a few Q&A related to refinishing wooden ...
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Refinishing teak patio table

A couple of years ago, we purchased a beautiful teak outdoor table. I sealed it with Semco sealer (recommended by the store for teak) a month after we bought it. To protect our investment, we also had ...
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Is shellac really a "universal binder"?

I recall reading that shellac is supposed to be a "universal" binder which can be used as an intermediate layer between otherwise incompatible layers of finish. Say, for instance, you are refinishing ...
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For how much time are fumes from freshly polished wood furniture toxic and must be aired out & presence avoided?

PS: If needs to be in the DIY SE rather than Woodwork SE please moderators figure where it will get better responses and fit. Thanks. PPS: Found this similar - https://diy.stackexchange.com/...
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Remove white paint from old wood fence

I used some reclaimed wood from a ~12 year old fence to build the top of a farm table. The paint on the fence is white, faded, and powdery. If you pick up a board it dusts up your hands a lot. What ...
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Restore to originality

I would like to restore a 1946 lane coffee table to the original. Was the original finish lacquer or shellac? If no one knows I will go with lacquer over a shellac base.
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What type of hinge is this?

I have a hinge and I'm having a bear of a time replacing it. It's from an old Bakers box and it's the cabinet/tray hinge and has a peculiar shape. It hangs down a bit so the door is actually lower ...
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Should we reapply wood conditioner if a piece has been sitting for a few weeks since the last application?

I had put wood conditioner on an oak piece I need to stain but I had something come up and now the piece has sat for a few weeks. Can I go ahead and stain it or do I need to repeat the process with ...
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Moisture Blushing or Inadequately Mixed Satin Wipe-On Poly?

In the final step of finishing my speakers I was putting satin wipe-on poly over my danish oil. The danish oil sat for 6 days on my walnut paperbacked veneer in my basement with a dehumidifier going. ...
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When to retreat linseed oil finished wood placed outdoors in moderate rainy climate

We have a couple of wooden bee hives with metal roofs. We have treated the exterior faces of the hives with raw linseed oil, three coats. It has cured nicely, as far as I can tell. What we're ...
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Sun damaged polyurethane-finished dining table

So I have this Italian made marquetry dining table which has a polyurethane finish. I acquired this as a used item and I noticed after purchase that in the light I can see streaked areas where it has ...
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What happens if I put wood sealant on top of wood finish by accident?

Today we were supposed to do a second coat of finish on our hard wood floors. But accidentally we started with the sealant we used before we did our first coat of finish... we noticed about 25min in ...
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