If you have house that’s blessed with classy millwork, it’s always a good idea to give it new life by proper cleaning or a thorough refinishing method. Or maybe you have a new house filled with beautiful and antique wooden furniture pieces, maybe it’s time to give them a new look? Here we show you how woodwork refinishing can be done in a few easy steps.
First things first. A thorough cleaning is an important first step in any furniture renewal project. Dip a sponge into a soap and water solution and wipe away all the decades of dirt and grime.
Strip off old finish. Do this by brushing on a thick coat of commercial stripper, then lets it sit for 10 to 15 minutes. Wait for the surface to turn dull which means the finish underneath has liquefied. Do remember to keep all the windows open to allow any fumes to escape.
Remove white rings or cup stains. You can do this by simply slathering the white stains with petroleum jelly and let it sit overnight. The oil from the petroleum jelly will penetrate the finish and remove the ring or at least make it less visible.
Fill out missing or chipped pieces. Chipped wood or a damaged molding can all be fixed easily with epoxy putty. The hardened epoxy is light colored and is as hard as wood. After the epoxy hardens completely, which usually takes a few hours, you can sand and stain the repair.
Remove cracks and holes. If you find nail holes or tiny cracks after applying the final finish, fill them with colored wax fill sticks, wax repair sticks or fill pencils.
The final step in your restoration project is to wipe on a coat of finish. We recommend that you use a wipe-on gel finish because it’s thick and and easy to to apply. First, put some of the finish on a clean rag then apply it in a swirling motion. Wipe off any excess finish before letting your project dry overnight.