partial refinish?

suzan30July 4, 2010

The finish on my maple dresser's top was ruined when a bottle of nail polish remover was spilled on it. When I wiped up the remover it took the finish off. There is no stain. It looks like just a clear matte finish (polyurethane?). Can I just sand down the whole top and apply polyurethane? Should I strip of the remaining finish first and then sand? Someone suggested restorafinish. Would this work on a fairly large area?

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2ajsmama

It's probably lacquer (manufacturers don't use poly). See if you can take the back off the dresser to get the top unscrewed, it'll be easier to refinish the top with it off. Then strip it with a chemical stripper and refinish either with lacquer, or if you often leave a bottle of acetone there, use poly. Acetone won't damage poly. Good luck finding something to match existing finish - you might find you have to stain it (Natural or other light color) after you strip and sand. To check, wipe it with mineral spirits after sanding (good way to get the dust off) and check the color. That's the color it will be after a clear finish. Water-based poly won't yellow, and Minwax has a Wipe-on version that would be easy - just takes several coats, but dries so quickly you won't have to worry about dust nibs. HTH.

    Bookmark   July 4, 2010 at 11:18AM
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suzan30

Thank you so much for the detailed instructions. I just about straggled my teenage daughter when this happened!

    Bookmark   July 4, 2010 at 1:39PM
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2ajsmama

Have you tried it yet? How'd it go?

    Bookmark   July 10, 2010 at 7:47AM
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