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Furniture Refinishing Tips

By: Joe Truini

Refinishing old furniture can be very rewarding, but it can also be quite a mess. Here are a few tips to simplify the task.

  • To remove chemical stripper and finish without gouging the wood use a plastic putty knife with rounded edges or an old plastic kitchen spatula.
  • For round furniture legs on a chair or table, a five-in-one painters tool works well to scrape off the finish. The radius cut in the tool for cleaning rollers is just the right size for many furniture legs.
  • Add wood shavings to the surface after you apply the stripper. The shavings will absorb the sludge of dissolved finish so scraping is less messy.
  • Set the legs of the piece on aluminum pie pans to catch any stripper and sludge that runs down.


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  • Official Comment:

    Thomas Boni Says:
    December 17th, 2018 at 1:46 pm

    Hi, Patricia,
    Using a paintbrush can result in streaks, and leaving bristles behind.
    We recommend using a foam roller if you’re concerned about streaks.
    Hope this tip helps!

  • Patricia Says:
    November 29th, 2018 at 5:47 pm

    I used primer and then used semi gloss paint, the paint streaks what went wrong

  • Says:
    November 20th, 2007 at 3:36 pm

    I just built a small maple top and santos mahogany base coffee table at chipmunk Hardwoods (Florida) I am not sure what kinda finishing to use yet… perhaps just a clear finish will do just fine.

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Furniture Refinishing Tips