how to remove varnish from coffee table

How To Remove Varnish From Coffee Table

Varnish is an protective layer that is used to protect furniture surfaces and makes them look shiny and attractive. It is usually used for wooden furniture like tables, chairs and cupboards. However, over time varnish can lose its lustre and become dull and discoloured.

If the varnish layer on your coffee table is looking a little worse for wear, you’ll be pleased to know that it can be removed quite easily. Here’s how to go about it:

Step 1: Prepare the area

Begin by preparing the area. Move the coffee table to a well-ventilated area, away from any furniture or flammable items. Put down some old newspaper to protect the underlying surface.

Ensure you have rubber gloves – these will guard against any chemical spills or splashes.

Step 2: Gather supplies

You’ll need:

* Protective eyewear
* Chemical stripper
* Wire brush
* Old rags

Step 3: Stripping the varnish

Apply a chemical stripper to the surface of the coffee table. Be careful when doing this to ensure that you don’t get it on any other surfaces. Allow the stripper to sit on the surface for a few minutes to soften the varnish.

When it’s ready, use the wire brush to scrape off the softened varnish. Make sure that you work in a circular motion so that you don’t cause damage to the underlying wood.

Discard the old varnish onto your sheet of newspaper.

Step 4: Cleaning the surface

Once you’ve removed all of the varnish, use an old rag and some warm, soapy water to clean off any residual varnish. This will remove any dirt and dust that may have come up with the varnish.

Step 5: Finishing touches

Your coffee table is now ready for a new varnish layer to be applied. You can also apply a restorer or furniture oil to bring back some of the highlights.

Finally, admire your handiwork and enjoy the newly revitalised coffee table.

Congratulations! You have successfully removed the varnish from your beloved coffee table.

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