Sanding Filling and Staining

Once repairs and stripping are (tone, sand the piece First, level repaired areas Then eliminate scratches and raised gram to achieve a satin smooth hnish

By this time, all the repair, stripping and other preliminary work is behind you. You are ready to put the new finish on the piece of furniture you have chosen to restore. What next?

First, you sand the piece in preparation for the new finish. Next, you may apply a filler if you decide it is needed. Then the piece is stained to the color you want. And finally, several coats of the chosen finishing material are applied.

Each of these steps requires the use of certain materials. Since you will have to choose among a variety of these at the store, we will discuss each step and the materials themselves, and give you some parameters for making your decisions if you haven't already done so. At the same time, we will discuss how to use these materials.

Once repairs and stripping are (tone, sand the piece First, level repaired areas Then eliminate scratches and raised gram to achieve a satin smooth hnish

HOW TO SAND By this time, the THE STRIPPED surface wood of WOOD SURFACE your furniture has been worked over pretty thoroughly, having undergone repairs, stripping, and possibly bleaching. In medical terms, the piece you have been working on is now out of surgery, and has been moved to the Intensive Card Ward. It is at this point that restoration really begins. The grain of the wood may be raised; there may be scars of repairs to be hidden; the color of the wood may be something very different from that the wood had originally. Your task now is to build a new, attractive finish.

We discussed sanding in some detail in Chapter4, which you should read again to remind yourself about such tools as sanding blocks and grades of paper. Right now, run your hands over the surface to discover how much sanding must be done. Plan to sand in two or more steps; three is a good average.

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