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Topic by PaBull posted 01-17-2009 07:35 PM 8756 views 0 times favorited 17 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-17-2009 07:35 PM

Topic tags/keywords: lacquer refinish funiture table dresser hvlp

I am now moved into the new house, and one of the things that happened is; I am out of money, so we use used furniture. I fix the broken pieces; I lightly re sand the dresser or table; I’ll find a stain close to the color of the unit; one or two coats of sanding sealer and a coat of high gloss lacquer. It is not perfect, but it looks good enough for my house. I am using an HVLP sprayer, so I can do a dresser in one evening. I will post pictures later.
Does anybody else have experience in doing refinishing without a complete strip down?

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01-18-2009 12:39 AM

Ya it can be a real art. At the first wood shop I worked at they had a contract with a moving company to fix everything they messed up. Somehow I got the job. They had this kit of dies, powders, stains, colored lacquers, burn in lacquers, waxes, puddys, colored pens, ect…made by Mohawk finishes. We called it the wizard kit.

-- http://woodsongsfurniture.com

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01-18-2009 12:46 AM

Thanks Dennis, I might have to look into this kit.

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01-18-2009 06:01 AM

The whole kit was very expensive and you won’t need everything in it, but they do have some wonderful products that you can buy piecemeal.

-- http://woodsongsfurniture.com

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01-18-2009 07:55 PM

Nothing wrong with used furniture PaBull.I bet with all the great work you do that no one can tell the difference.

-- Dustygirl Hastings,Ont. Life is too short to sit around doing nothing

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01-19-2009 02:53 AM

Hum, don’t over do it now Dustygirl…

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01-21-2009 04:24 AM

mohawk products are pretty popular around my area also

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01-23-2009 10:45 PM

I’ll check it out.

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02-01-2009 09:47 AM

Take your time and work it out. Its a great skill if you can perfect it, and will serve you great in the future.

-- Dion, www.richinscarpentry.com

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02-21-2009 06:40 PM

Refinishing furniture is probably going to be in more demand with the current economic situation. Instead of buying a whole new room full of furniture, some people may elect to have their furniture re-done for a new look. Maybe they will have the furniture already, be given it by someone, or find it at a yard sale. A few repairs, a new stain, and some new finish and it will be good as new. I can just imagine all those people with painted furniture wanting to strip off the paint for either a new color, or the look of wood.

-- Bill - Turlock, Ca. - http://www.brookswoodworks.com

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02-25-2009 04:57 AM

Hi, Bas. Just checking in on the Homefurbers. Bill and Dion are right. If you’re looking for something that will bring in some extra income, refinishing furniture is the thing to get into. If I had the time, I could do all that I wanted. And when I first went into business, I used to do a lot, to make ends meet. I still do a little chair caning, when I’m in between furniture orders.

-- Tim

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02-25-2009 12:26 PM

sounds about right…new house = no money :-).....we are running into the same thing with our re build…........what model/brand HVLP sprayer do you have and are you happy with it? I’m looking to get on and would like one to throw paint and poly/laq. finish…..would love to see some pictures of your finished pieces…..

-- Todd- Oak Ridge, TN

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02-25-2009 06:34 PM

Bill and Tim, I am refinishing just my own stuff. It is the furniture that looked great in the old house looks worn and old in the new house. And we picked some stuff at garage sales and from friends.

The nice thing is, it is a quick turn around; little repair, re stain, couple coats of lacquer and in 2 or 3 evenings we have an almost new dresser of dining table.

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05-08-2010 05:48 PM

Thanks Anevada, nice input.

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08-30-2013 01:53 PM

Rutou got it John.

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01-23-2016 06:17 PM

Can we see some pictures?


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05-23-2018 01:07 PM

Hey, Yeah I have experience in refinishing furniture. It’s not tricky. With some practice and the right tools you can have your pieces of furniture look as good as new. This is a great skill for when you to want to save money but still have a stylish home.

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