Restaining a wooden cabinet piece can be a fun and fulfilling project. It is a great way to breathe new life into an old cabinet. Most hardwoods are stained in a fairly similar fashion, so learning how to restain wood can be very useful. You can use these techniques for staining all types of furniture and wooden surfaces. This article explains the best techniques for a professional restaining job.
Removing Your Old Stain
You can speed up most projects by using a vibrating power sander. However, you will also need a sanding sponge that makes it easier to work on curved surfaces and within tight corners. For easier sanding, you should invest in two grades of sandpaper. First, you can use a medium grit paper to rub off the bulk of the stain. Then, you will need to step up to an extra fine grit paper to make the surface smooth and stain-ready. The smoothness largely depends on the type of wood and style of the piece. The important thing is to make sure that it is as evenly smooth as possible. This will result in a more consistent surface.
Applying the Stain
When it comes to applying the new stain, you don't need to use paintbrushes. For the best results, you should just rub the stain onto the wood using a lint free rags. This allows you to reduce dripping and prevent brushstrokes. If you wear latex gloves, you can just dip the rag directly into the can. Just make sure you stir the stain every 30 minutes or so. Otherwise, the stain particles will sink to the bottom of the can.
Using Steel Wool Between Coats
One of the most important parts of applying stain is using steel wool to smooth out the stain between each coat. Many people skip this step and the result can be disastrous. If you apply multiple coats on top of each other, without using steel wool, you will end up with a rough and weak finish. Basically, after the first coat is fully dry, lightly buff the entire surface with steel wool. Then, wipe it down with a paper towel or rag. At this point, you can apply the next coat of stain to your cabinets. Obviously, the more coats you apply, the darker the finish will be in the end.
Restaining wood is simple, but it is an essential process if you want your windows to last.