How to Finish Zebrawood

Zebrawood is an excellent choice of wood if you want to create an exotic look in your home. The wood is also known as zingana and originates from Congo, Gabon and Cameroon. It is used for furniture, carvings, wall panelling and extravagant floors. Zebrawood is one of the higher priced woods available on the market. You want to be certain that it remains in good condition for the longest time. It is a good idea to apply a finish to zebrawood. This helps to preserve its exotic look and keeps the wood in good condition for longer.

Materials Needed

  • Sanding sponge
  • 100-grit sandpaper
  • 280-grit sandpaper
  • Tack cloth
  • Stir stick
  • Wood stain
  • Brush
  • Rags
  • Sanding sealer
  • Polyurethane wood varnish
  • Foam brush
  • Painter’s rag

Step 1 – Sanding

It is best to sand the wood because it helps clear the surface. This is because the wood tends to develop blemishes and dirt more frequently than other wood due to its rough surface. Use a sanding sponge to smooth the surface. A folded piece of sandpaper can help you reach the crevices and awkward areas more easily.

Step 2 – Wipe

Use a tack cloth to clear away fine wood particles from the surface. If these remain on the wood, it prevents effective penetration of the finish when applied. Dirt and debris trapped in the finish also create a rough appearance.

Step 3 – Stain

Stir a can of wood stain with a stir stick. Apply an even coat with a bush over your zingana. Be sure to brush in the direction of the wood grain. Reach your brush into the crevices and folds so that they also get a coat of stain. Due to the uneven nature of the surface, you’re likely to end up with an excess amount of stain in some areas during application. Once you’ve applied stain all over the wood surface, wipe excess stain with a rag. Allow the stain to dry for the stipulated time.

Step 4 – Sanding Sealer

Brush a sanding sealer over your stained wood. Be sure to follow the direction of the grain. Allow the wood 3 to 4 hours to air-dry. Once the wood feels dry to the touch, sand the surface with 280-grit sandpaper. This creates a uniformly dull surface. If you spot shiny areas, it indicates the need for some sealer. Brush the sealer on these areas and allow the wood to dry. Follow with sandpaper action.

Step 5 – Apply Varnish

Use a foam brush to apply one coat of varnish on the zebrawood. A painter’s rag can help you reach the difficult areas. It is best to allow the varnish to cure overnight before you proceed to the next step. Sand the wood with 280-grit sandpaper. Wipe away debris from the surface with your tack cloth. Repeat application of varnish followed by the sandpaper action two to three times. This will give the wood the highest protection. However, leave the final coat of varnish un-sanded.