Tips & Tricks
Guide To Oil Finishes on Furniture
The oil finish can have many names, from countries, ie French, Danish, Dutch to brands. Basically cleaning oiled wood requires you blend:
NEVER USE wax or furniture polish on oil finishes. Re-oil yearly with boiled linseed oil, tung oil, or a product recommended by the manufacturer. These oils harden when exposed to air and seal the wood. Never use non-drying oils like mineral oil for wood finishes for furniture. Avoid using an oil dressing too often or too liberally as it will cause a hardened oil build-up. If this happens, use mineral spirits (paint thinner) to dissolve the residue.
Test For Existing Finish on Furniture
Whether you're trying to patch up a scratch, or you just aren't satisfied with the color the stain came out as, refinishing will take care fo everything. Refinishing can be difficult, but with the right information it can be as easy as everything else.
Most Common Mistakes: Not letting the sealer dry before applying the next coat.
A sanding sealer should be applied after a stain. This is a transparent sealer put on the wood to firm up the fuzz of wood fibers which stick up after stripping and sanding. Sanding sealer was invented to solve the problem of shellac and varnish. It is also a solution to long drying times between varnish layers. (Apply one coat of sanding sealer and one coat of varnish.) Let the sealer dry overnight.
This sealer will make it easier to sand the wood smoother the next day, prior to applying the final finishing coat. Use an orbital sander and the various sanding shapes with a 220-grit sandpaper. The smoother the finish the longer it will last, because of less friction in cleaning and less places where dirt can lodge.
Go over the piece with a vacuum and tack cloth before continuing.
Warning: Sanding sealer is not meant to be used before a polyurethane finish. Polyurethane will not adhere to the sealer and will peel off.
Tip: Do not use sanding sealer before using a polyurethane finish. The polyurethane will not adhere to the sealer and will peel off.