Refinishing Furniture: Step Two–Surface Preparation
How to create a smooth and clean surface, thwarting headaches down the road. Second in a five-part video series.
Surface preparation is a crucial step in refinishing a piece of furniture. Watch this segment on creating a smooth surface and find video links for the other steps in the refinishing process below.
Here, Gedrys shows how skimping on prep work can lead to trouble with a surface marred by chips, scratches, or stains. He doesn’t refinish with a one-size-fits-all approach, because each piece is unique. Instead, he first studies the wood to locate trouble spots and determine how much sanding it needs. After sanding, and removing dust, he gives the piece a final alcohol wash. Watch the video to learn Gedrys’ surface prep techniques and find out why he doesn’t always use a sanding block.
ABOUT THE SERIES
Expert finisher Peter Gedrys, of East Haddam, Conn. guides you through all the steps of refinishing furniture from stripping an old finish to putting the final touches on a new one. Also, become a member and chat with Gedrys about your finishing problems in Ask The Experts.
Step One: Stripping the Old Finish
Learn the best ways to remove a finish, safely
Step Two: Surface Preparation
How to create a smooth and clean surface, thwarting headaches down the road
Step Five: Rubbing Out the Finish
Take your finish to the next level with the often-skipped rubbing-out process