Refinish a wood table?

Old 01-15-06, 12:20 PM
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Refinish a wood table?

We have a light natural wood kitchen table, it sits near our deck slider and is now faded to a yellowish color (the leaf was not used and is still the original color) and also the clear coat is peeling off.
My husband would like to refinish it but I don't know the best way to do this and if doing this will have the whole table back to the same color again. Any suggestions or advice? Thanks
Old 01-17-06, 06:06 AM
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You can use the undamaged leaf as a color guide, of course. You'll need to strip the table. Most strippers will remove some, if not all the stain. Once this is done, you can see the color you have, and gave a better idea of what color you need to get a match with the leaf.

Sounds like the table is either outside, or otherwise exposed to direct sunlight. If either is the case, you'll need to check the stain brands to see if they have a UV inhibitor, which will slow (not prevent) the color from fading. Same goes for the finish.

Many companies market a urethane finish made for exterior use - Helmsman by Minwax is just one, and it also has a UV inhibitor.

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