refinishing butcher block countertop

Old 01-10-00, 06:31 PM
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Is there anything that I need to do differently when refinishing butcher-block countertops? Mine are caked with grease and grime in the corners.
Old 01-11-00, 07:04 AM
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The first thing you need to do is clean it. Clorox Cleanup from the grocery store, or TSP (trisodium phosphate) from your paint store will do the trick, combined with a stiff brush and some elbow grease. I would suggest eye protection and rubber gloves with either product.

There are a number of finishes available for countertops. I suggest a tung oil finish for a number of reasons. 1- It's almost fool proof in application; 2- It's easily repaired if the need arises, just apply another coat; 3- It forms a very durable finish after it cures (overnight); 4- It's available in a varity of sheens, from matte (flat) to gloss. Just follow the instructions on the can. Minwax, Zar, and Carver-Tripp all have good products.

Another alternative would be a 'bar top' varnish. Check the following websites for this product; it's not readily available retail.

This is all assuming the countertop is wood, and not a laminate pattern, such as Formica.

George T.
Old 03-19-05, 02:11 PM
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Butcher Block Refinishing

I read a few forums on repairing/rafinishing butcher block countertops. I understand they need to be cleaned before refinishing. But how about sanding? How much is too much?
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Yes, sand it. Clean it first just so the paper doesn't gunk up. But try not to soak the wood - the drier it is when you sand and seal, the better. The ideal way to "clean" the surface prior to sanding is with a scraper.

Sand out all the stains and scratches, down to clear smooth wood. A belt sander would be nice here. You can flatten the top while you're at it by finding high areas with a straightedge and marking them with shallow scratches, then sanding off the scratches. End with fine paper. Then tung oil for all the reasons listed.

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