Refinishing oak kitchen table


Old 05-25-08, 10:33 AM
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Question Refinishing oak kitchen table

I have a solid oak table that needs a refinish after numerous areas on the finish are worn to the wood. I think I can handle the removal of finish. (although tips are appreciated), I wanted to know about potential stain and mainly what to I coat the table with? I would like the strongest polyurethane that exists. Do I put on multiple coats as well?
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Old 05-25-08, 11:37 AM
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Stain needs to be applied to raw unfinished wood so if you want to use a stain, you need to use both a chemical stripper and sanding. If you just want to apply a fresh coat or two of poly, sanding may be sufficent after removing any wax that might be present.

Oil base poly dries harder and will wear longer than water based poly. Sanding [and dusting] between coats will insure good adhesion and a nice slick finish.
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I find using a tack cloth is much better than dusting. If you want a supper fine finish you would need at least 3 coats.
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