Refinishing Furniture: Step One–Stripping the Old Finish
Learn the best ways to remove a finish, safely. First of a five-part video series.
If you want to refinish a piece of furniture, your first step is stripping the old finish. Unfortunately, the process is filled with noxious fumes and sloppy, toxic goop. In this video, Peter Gedrys takes you through the process step-by-step, highlighting important safety precautions. Find links to videos on other steps in the refinishing process below.
In this segment, Gedrys uses a methylene chloride stripper, which is effective but not without its hazards. In your shop, be sure to wear proper safety equipment, work in a well ventilated area, and follow the manufacturer’s directions.
If you’re hesitant to try the process on an intricate piece, Gedrys suggests sending it to a professional stripper so that you can focus on the finish instead.
Step Two: Surface Preparation
How to create a smooth and clean surface, thwarting headaches down the road
Step Three: Sealing and Coloring with Shellac
Professional techniques for sealing and coloring wood. A shellac pad helps you lay down smooth, thin layers. See how to make one in a
short video sidebar.
Step Five: Rubbing Out the Finish
Take your finish to the next level with the often-skipped rubbing-out process