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How to Seal a Coffee Table

Sealing a coffee table protects the wood surfaces from dirt, moisture and other environmental factors. Sealing your coffee table can also enhance the look and feel of the furniture piece. You don’t need to purchase a sealant specifically meant for a coffee table, as any one of the following products which can be found in any home improvement or hardware store, will do a fine job.

Tools Needed

  • Room-temperature sealer
  • Oil
  • Acrylic
  • Wax
  • Paint brush
  • Sandpaper
  • Soft cloth

The Process

  1. Clean the surface of the coffee table with a soft cloth and hot water.
  2. Use sandpaper to smooth any rough patches or splinters on the surface.
  3. Apply the sealant to the entire surface of your coffee table, using a paint brush.
  4. Allow the sealant to dry according to the instructions on the container.
  5. Check the surface of the coffee table for any uneven sections or drips.
  6. Sand away any blemishes and apply a second coat of sealant as desired.
  7. Buff the coffee table with a soft cloth to create a smooth and polished finish.

Types of Sealant

The type of sealant you use depends on the look and feel you want your coffee table to have.

  • Room-temperature sealer : Room-temperature sealant is ideal for a coffee table that is painted or natural wood in color, as it will maintain the look of the table.
  • Oil : Oil-based sealers provide some protection against moisture and will add a soft, glossy finish to the coffee table’s surface.
  • Acrylic : Acrylic sealers will give a coffee table an outdoor-ready, water and dirt resistant finish, perfect for outdoor furniture pieces.
  • Wax : Wax-based sealers are ideal for furniture pieces that already have a painted or natural wood finish, as it will highlight the colors and provide a glossy finish.

Sealing a coffee table may take some time and effort, but it will pay off in the end. The extra layer of protection will help keep your coffee table looking beautiful for many years to come.

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