Refinishing Kitchen Table

Old 08-26-02, 02:01 PM
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Refinishing Kitchen Table

We have a oak parquet kitchen table with solid oak trim on all sides. It is approximately 25 years old and was hand made. Right or wrong, we polyurethaned the table several years ago. The surface has always been sticky since the refinishing.

We would like to remove the polyurethane and refinish the table top. Do we strip the old polyurethane and start over? If so, what finish do you suggest after stripping?

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Old 08-26-02, 05:02 PM
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Strip and refinish. When a varnish (either standard of poly) remains tacky over that period of time it's because the finish was contaminated by something on the surface of the piece.

If the piece was originally finished in anything BUT poly and you didn't strip it before applying poly, there's the problem.

Strip it down to bare wood, restain if needed, then apply poly.

Polyurethane is NOT compatible with most other finishes, including standard varnish, lacquer, and in most instances, shellac.

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