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How do you resurface wooden furniture?

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Resurface wood furniture by removing the old finish, sanding, staining and applying the new finish. There are several chemicals used in the process, so make sure to read the labels and instructions thoroughly and follow all time specifications and safety precautions.

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Mask off any non-wood parts of the furniture with masking tape. Brush an even coat of the stripper on the wood surface. Take note of the recommended drying time, and watch the clock closely. Typically, it is about 15 to 20 minutes, but if you leave it on too long, it is more difficult to remove.

Use a plastic scraper to remove the finish. Do not rub too hard or use a metal tool because both can scratch the wood. Remove what comes off easily, and then repeat the stripping process until the surface is free of the old finish. Dab a #000 pad of steel wool into the stripper, and use it to remove any difficult spots

Sand the surface in the direction of the grain with a fine grain sandpaper until smooth. Brush on the stain color of your choice, evenly. Use cheesecloth to wipe off the excess material on any areas where the stain is too thick.

Once the stain is dry, apply a sealant of your choice: either polyurethane, wax or tung oil.

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