How to Restore a Pine Table

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A handsome hardwood pine table is a great piece of furniture in any room. The finish on a pine table may become scuffed and worn after many years of regular use. Restoring a pine table by removing its old finish and applying a new finish is a great way to revitalise its look and protect it for many more years.

Apply a heavy coat of chemical stripper with a brush to the pine table. Allow enough time to pass for the old finish to start peeling.

Remove the old finish from the pine table by scraping it off with a putty knife. Scrub hard-to-reach areas with steel wool. Wipe the pine table with a damp cloth to remove traces of the stripper.

Sand the pine table with 120-grit sandpaper to remove the last pieces of the old finish. Wipe the pine table clean of sawdust with a tack cloth.

Sand the table with 220-grit sandpaper to smooth the wood. Wipe the pine table clean of sawdust again with a tack cloth.

Brush a coat of sanding sealer onto the pine table to allow the new finish to absorb into the wood. Allow the sealer to dry completely.

Wipe a coat of new stain onto the pine table with a cloth. Allow the stain to absorb into the wood, and wipe off excess stain with a clean cloth.

Apply a thin coat of polyurethane to the pine table with a brush. Allow the coat to dry, and lightly sand it with 220-grit sandpaper. Brush a second coat of polyurethane onto the pine table and allow it to dry.

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