Restore the Color with Gel Stain It’s amazing what a coat of gel stain can do to restore a tired-looking piece of furniture . The cool part is that you don’t need to strip the old finish for this to work.
Minwax® PolyShades® is an easy way to change the color of your currently stained or polyurethane finished wood . There’s no stripping or heavy sanding necessary to remove the old finish!
Laquer. You don’t need to remove all of the old stain to apply darker stain . But you do need to remove all of the lacquer, varnish or anything that will prevent new stain from absorbing into the wood . Your sanding block will initially glide over the old lacquer before it begins to cut into it and remove it.
Stripping is Faster and Often Safer. It’s almost always better to strip than to sand . To begin with, except in cases where the old finish is flaking off, it’s a lot more work to sand than to strip using a paint-and-varnish remover.
Strip and Refinish Furniture Step 1: Choose a Work Area. Work in a well-ventilated area such as your open garage or on an outdoor deck or patio. Step 2: Strip Away Old Finish. Wood begins to turn dark, dull and lifeless when it ages. Step 3: Sand It. Step 4: Apply Sanding Sealer. Step 5: Stain It. Step 6: Apply Sealant.
Can you paint over varnished wood without sanding ? Yes. There are a few ways to do this, but we choose to use an oil based primer to prepare our varnished wood for new paint . The oil based primer will stick to varnished or sealed wood .
Use a coarse sandpaper, a sanding block or a power sander to strip the finish off the surface. Sand until the surface is smooth and most of the shiny surface is gone. Once the majority of the old finish is off, switch to a medium grit sandpaper and continue to remove any patches of finish still sticking to the wood .
1. Staining over stain is easy and works beautifully if your applying a dark stain over a lighter stain on raw wood. 2. You can mix 2 or more stains together to make DIY custom stains .
You can paint over stained wood trim, cabinets, doors, furniture, or most any other stained wood , however you must prepare the stained wood before painting so the paint will stick.
It is possible to apply stain over varnish , as long as you aren’t expecting results similar to those when staining untreated wood that drinks in the stain . Clean and rough-up the varnish first to remove any grime, dust or debris and also to give the surface some texture the stain can cling to.
Wait about 30 minutes and test a small area to determine if the finish has loosened. If not, wait longer, even several hours if needed. You may need to reapply a coat if the stripper dries out before the finish has softened.
To remove those last bits of finish , palm sand with medium sandpaper (150 grit) until you see the bare wood . Then switch to fine sandpaper (200+ grit) until the entire piece is uniform. Wipe down the whole surface with a tack cloth to remove any dust from sanding.