Posted on June 14, 2023
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Renovating your wooden surfaces, be they furniture or floors, requires knowledge of two important processes: wood stripping and sanding. This guide will walk you through each process, providing a comprehensive look at how to strip and sand wood effectively and safely.
Wood stripping involves removing old paint or finish from a wooden surface, while sanding smooths the surface and prepares it for a new finish.
Stripping can be a complex task, but it’s necessary when the existing paint or finish is too thick or damaged.
For wood stripping, you will need:
Work in a well-ventilated area and cover the surrounding surfaces to protect them from the paint stripper.
Apply a thick layer of the stripper with a paintbrush. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions regarding application and waiting times.
Once the finish has loosened, use a scraper to gently remove it. Use steel wool or sandpaper for crevices and detailed areas.
Clean the wood with mineral spirits to remove any residue from the stripper. Allow the wood to dry thoroughly before proceeding with sanding.
After stripping the wood, sanding helps to remove any remaining finish, smooth the surface, and prepare it for the new finish.
For sanding, you will need:
Start with coarse-grit sandpaper to remove any remaining finish or rough spots. Always sand in the direction of the wood grain to avoid scratches.
After the initial sanding, move to medium (100–150 grit) and then fine-grit (180–220 grit) sandpaper. Each pass with finer grits removes scratches left by the previous grit and smooths the wood further.
Use a tack cloth to remove dust after each round of sanding and before applying a new finish.
Wood stripping and sanding are vital steps in wood refinishing. While they may require time and effort, understanding these processes and executing them properly will ensure your wooden surfaces are ready for a fresh, new finish. Happy refinishing!
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