Table top

musicteacherMay 5, 2013

I have an oak kitchen table that I finished 30 years ago with Zar tung oil. It was easy to apply (wipe on), resistant to everything but a rotting mini pumpkin, and I could just add a coat every few years to keep it up. Well way to many years have gone by and the finish has eroded in place. That on top of the pumpkin spot means I need to refinish. I want to only do that table top as the pedestal is fine, but because of the bare spots I guess I need to completely strip it. Will just sand paper do, or do I need to chemically strip and stain? I can't find Zar any more, any suggestions on an easy to apply coat that isn't too shiny? Thank you for your help.

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Unless you are removing a lot of material (like refinishing wood floors), sanding is a poor way to do stripping. Use a chemical stripper. Sand paper won't completely remove the finish, will take a lot of work, and risks sanding through veneers.

BTW, Zar Tung Oil - it's not tung oil, and has no tung oil in it. It's a wiping varnish, meaning it's just varnish with extra thinner to make a wiping consistency.

Here is a link that might be useful: Oil Finishes

    Bookmark   May 5, 2013 at 10:51PM
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