To refinish a cedar chest, put it on a tarp, remove the hardware, strip and sand the wood, apply the new stain and sealant, and dry the chest. This two-day process requires protective clothing, a tarp, screwdrivers, a chemical paint stripper, a scraper, sandpaper, wood stain, sealant and a paintbrush.Know More
Set the chest on a plastic tarp. Remove all the hardware, and set the pieces aside.
Put on long rubber gloves and a particle mask. Apply a chemical paint stripper according to the manufacturer's directions. Once the old finish softens, scrape it off with a paint scraper. Use slow, gentle strokes to avoid damaging the cedar. Remove lingering residue with fine sandpaper.
Paint the chest with the stain. Let the chest dry for several hours, and then apply a second coat. Wash the paintbrush, and let the chest dry overnight.
Apply a coat of clear sealant. Consult the manufacturer's directions for drying time, and then apply a second coat. Dry the chest overnight.
Touch the chest lightly to verify the sealant is dry. Reinstall the hardware, and move the chest to its original location.
Remove the musty smell from a cedar chest to make it useful again. Use a putty knife, 60-grit sandpaper and plastic bags to remove any mold growth. Use cedar oil to prevent growth of mold and further restore the natural cedar smell.Full Answer >
You can inexpensively refinish a lightly scratched wooden floor by layering a new coat of finish directly over the old coat without sanding first. Chemical refinishing replaces the mechanical abrasion that sanding offers, allowing the new coat of finish to bond with the old coat directly.Full Answer >
To refinish a bathtub, clean the tub thoroughly with a nonabrasive cleaner, and then apply two layers of a specially formulated primer. You need a bathtub refinishing kit. Wear safety gear to apply the primer, and ensure the room has proper ventilation.Full Answer >
Refinishing hardwood floors requires sanding and applying coats of sealer and oil polyurethane. Sealer is an optional choice if the floor absorbs stains in an uneven fashion. The end result should be a glossy shine on the wood floor. You need an orbital sander, a palm sander, rags, 60-grit abrasives, brushes, tack cloth and a roller. Wear gloves, splash guards and goggles while refinishing the floors.Full Answer >