refinishing an end table

sewlutionsJanuary 28, 2011

I have a couple of end tables that were purchased about 30 years ago. Carelessness has resulted in cracks in the finish. So, I need to refinish or paint the tables. What is the best way to strip the old finish? I've thought about sanding the top only and painting it. I've refinished furniture before, but always dealt with much older furniture-so the finishes were different. THanks for your help.

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I would probably strip the end table with strong (methylene chloride) stripper, because there may be 30 years worth of pledge or other silicone-based polishes there just waiting to spoil your refinishing job. Sanding won't remove the silicone.

    Bookmark   January 31, 2011 at 12:31PM
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Thanks! I'm sure that at one time I did use Pledge and other stuff. Sounds like it will be a warm weather job!

    Bookmark   January 31, 2011 at 2:52PM
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Stripping won't necessarily remove the Pledge, either. Pledge will cause the new finish to fish-eye (create little craters in the finish). If there is any chance of Pledge contamination, I spray on a couple of coats of dewaxed shellac. While I buy in bulk, you can get it in an aerosol.

Here is a link that might be useful: Bullseye.

    Bookmark   February 1, 2011 at 7:59PM
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You can also add 'fish eye eliminator' to the new finish (it is actually more silicone).

    Bookmark   February 5, 2011 at 3:23PM
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