Reviving Old Wood
Restoring old wood to it’s original glory can be tricky. Depending on the size and scope of the restoration project it’s more likely that you may need t turn to a professional. But if you have resigned to do it yourself and you feel confident that you are up to the job, here are a few tips to get you started off in the right direction.
The first step to any wood restoration project is to clean the wood. Whether its furniture or and old deck, cleaning the surface of the project is essential. Remove oil and dirt that has accumulated over the years. Sometimes a good cleaning is all the wood really needs. Use basic oil cleaners for this project which you can buy at any home improvement store. Be sure to use a soft sponge or cloth for the job and use strokes that go against the grain of the wood. Make sure the surface is dry before you start and you may have to repeat this process several times. Warm water and a bit of oil soap or detergent can also be used in moderation. While applying dry often so the water doesn’t damage the wood.
The most involved restoration projects will involve complete refinishing. For this you may need a chemical stripper. After the wood has been stripped you will need to sand the surface to get it as smooth as possible. remember to wear goggles and gloves!
Here’s a list of items you may need:
•Stain if you plan on changing the colour of the piece
•Your chosen finish- French polish, Teak oil, Danish oil, Tung oil, Linseed oil, varnish, Polyurethane, wax, or even… dare I say it, paint.
•Wood Glue or PVA glue
•Rags and Cloths
•Dust mask or respirator
•Latex/ vinyl gloves
•Some old clothes that you don’t mind getting very dusty, and maybe a little stained
•Sandpapers- 80 and 100 grit minimum, best to have assorted grits on hand
•Power sander- could be substituted for the sanding block but I would only recommend using a palm sander/ random orbit sander and be gentle with power sanding (no belt sanders or disc sanders as they could take too much off and do more damage than good)