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How to Refinish Old Wood Furniture with Minwax®

How to Refinish Old Wood Furniture with Minwax®


Old pieces of furniture from the 1950s often darken due to the old shellac or lacquer finish. It is easy to remove the old finish using a furniture refinisher such as Minwax® Antique Furniture Refinisher. Repairing and refinishing old wood furniture is easy if you follow these tips from Minwax® expert Bruce Johnson:

  1. Simply pour the refinisher into a shallow bowl, and dip either a piece of steel wool or a synthetic scrubbing pad into the bowl. Working on a small section at a time, gently scrub off the old finish.
  2. The furniture refinisher will soften the finish, and the pad will soak it up. After the wood furniture dries, give it a light sanding with fine-grit sandpaper to smooth out the wood. Next, apply Minwax® Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner, according to label instructions.
  3. You can now apply both color and protection at the same time with Minwax® PolyShades® one-step stain and finish. Apply Minwax® PolyShades® with a natural bristle brush with fine tips on the end. It is important to apply Minwax® PolyShades® in thin coats to avoid runs and drips. Chances are you will only need one coat because you are applying stain, color, and protection at the same time. For a deeper, richer look, you can add a second coat of the one-step stain and finish.

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