Finishing and old wood table with polyurethane

by admin on September 29, 2014




We’re about to do a very large scale sample on this antique furniture. The room is completely white. That’s cool on a limited basis, but it makes me feel like I’m in a laboratory if I’m here for more than 30 minutes. Sometimes when we’re working on colors, looking at samples, we’re in here for an hour, hour and a half.

I wanted something natural in this room, and this table is definitely natural. Today we’re going to put the first coat of urethane–which is a Fine Paints of Europe polyurethane clear coat. It’s part of a system.

It’s been sanded down. It’s not perfect. Some of the stain finish is still in there. I’m ok with that. There’s a little bit of rust there–I’m not going to clean that off. I’m going to leave that exactly the way it is to wow all my friends.

Let’s mix up some material to use. Poly, solvent based. I am all out right now of the solvent that’s designed to reduce this product, which is a Fine Paints of Europe high-grade solvent. It’s four times the cutting power. I’ll have to use what I have in the shop right now.

You do not shake polys–you stir them, ever so slightly.

For this first coat, we want a nice mixture that’s about 20% reducer.

This substrate has already been prepped. Dust free, dust free room.

I’m using gloves because the oil from your hands can affect the finish.

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