How to Quickly Refinish a Damaged Desktop

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Many people spend a good amount of time at their desk. It is the place where budgets are made, bills are paid, and work is done. A damaged desktop can be unsightly. Scratches, dents and faded finishes can really affect the look of the desktop. It would cost a lot to replace the desk or to have a professional repair it. You can refinish your desktop quickly, at home, yourself for just the cost of the supplies.

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Things you need

  • Mask
  • Hand-held electric sander
  • Soft cloths
  • Stain
  • Paintbrush
  • Painter's tarp
  • Polyurethane

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  1. 1

    Take the desk to your workshop or move it outside. Do this so that the dust from sanding is not released into your home. Wear a mask when sanding to avoid breathing the dust in as it can be toxic.

  2. 2

    Use a hand-held electric sander to completely remove the old finish on the desktop. Sand about 1/16 of an inch off of the wood, exposing the bare wood beneath the old varnish, stain or paint. Remove all dust particles with a soft cloth.

  3. 3

    Apply a new coat of stain using a soft cloth. Quickly remove all excess stain using a clean cloth to prevent dark spots. Apply a second coat of stain as soon as you have removed the excess of the first if you would like the colour to be richer. Remove all excess promptly.

  4. 4

    Bring the desk back into the house and place it where it belongs. Lay a painter's tarp down on the floor beneath the desk.

  5. 5

    Use a paintbrush to apply an even coat of polyurethane to the entire desktop surface. Brush the polyurethane on to protect the surface of the desktop and to make it washable. Allow the first coat to dry for one hour, then apply a second coat for maximum protection. Allow the polyurethane to dry overnight, and the desk will be ready for use the next morning.

Tips and warnings

  • Take your time to avoid mistakes.
  • Wear a mask when sanding, and use care and caution.

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