Common Mistakes To Avoid When Refinishing Wood

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Wood refinishing is definitely something anyone can do, and it often has strongly positive effects on your wood furniture and products. Here are some common mistakes to avoid in order to make sure that you end up with the best result possible.

Forgetting to Account for Safety

The first thing you should always do when preparing to handle refinishing your home is make sure that you ensure the safety of yourself and all of your tools and furniture. First, you need to make sure you have good ventilation. This means using fans and air filters, and even opening up the windows in your house.

Then, you need to make sure that you have thick, protective gloves for dealing directly with the chemicals. You'll also need safety glasses in order to make sure that nothing ends up in your eyes during an accidental splash. If you're going to be doing any mixing and pouring yourself, you'll need a mask as well to be on the safe side.

Going Light on Sanding

Some people get tired of sanding and don't do it as much as they should. However, sanding adds small nicks to the wood that will make it easier to stain. These breaks in the wood carry the stain much better than when they are completely smooth. People also tend to forget this step after they use chemical strippers on the furniture to get rid of the old finish.

Failing to Use Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner

This step will make sure that the stain you use will be held properly in the wood in a way that's smooth. If you end up with irregular pores, this will create inconsistency in the stain that will look bad during the staining part of the refinishing process.

Staining Without Testing

It's easy to be gung-ho about getting right to staining the furniture after you've gone through the trouble of removing the previous stain, but it's important to test the stain on some part of the furniture that won't be in full view, like underneath a table, for example, before going all the way through with a full staining. You'll need to make sure that the stain is taking in the way you expect it will.Overall, It's often hard to be completely certain about how the color will come out ahead of time. It's a lot easier to test and then fix any issues ahead of time than it would be to remove the stain all over again. 

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