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.
The average homeowner pays $594 or between $330 and $877 to refinish a piece of furniture . Depending on the type of item and its condition, that price can be as low as $100 or over $1,000. Some projects for large objects like a dresser in poor condition can even go up to $2,000.
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!
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.
The first step to restoring old wood furniture is to give it a good cleaning with an orange or lemon-oil cleaner. Don’t waste your time with furniture polish, go straight for the good stuff: Murphy’s Oil Soap. Spray or wipe on, let it sit for ten to fifteen minutes and then wipe off.
Sand and a piece of leather or cloth, Pumice (a porous vulcanic Rock), Walnut Shells, Rottenstone (similar to Pumice), Wood Shavings, Corn Cobs, a Wood File, Scraping, Burnishing, or even building a primitive sanding tool are good alternatives to sandpaper .
Medium and fine grades of sandpaper are generally used in refinishing furniture and antiques. Coarse grits (those under #100) damage a fine wood finish. Medium grits, such as #120 and #150, are useful for removing old finish or scratches.
Before painting wooden furniture , you need to remove the paint and finish already coating it and sand it down to make it ready for a new coat. You may choose to chemically remove paint and varnish from the furniture before you begin sanding, but this isn’t necessary .