My first refinishing project... and it's shows!
I've been working on refinishing an old dresser. Stripped and sanded
down to bare wood - that went fine. Applied a new stain (Varathane Gel
Stain which is oil-based) - came out great. I then went on to
finishing. I applied the first coat of Varathane Glossy Finish (again,
it's oil-based and I thinned with 10% mineral spirits). Application
went on nicely if I do say so myself!
THEN my troubles began...
As I understand it, I am supposed to sand between each coat of
Varathane -- which I did using 320 grit paper.
That's when I screwed things up...
While sanding some of the detailed areas around the edge of the
dresser(these areas are like detailed molding with lots of edges and
grooves), I used more force than I realized and managed to sand right
through the poly taking some of the stain off too. Now I have bare
wood staring back at me in a number of spots particularly along any of
the raised edges. This would be fine if I was going for that
'destressed look' but I'm not.
What is the best approach to fixing this? Can I restain the bare spots
using the gel stain without having to restrip the whole area?
Alternatively, could I use a colored pencil (those used to hide
blemishes and scratches on wood surfaces) to color over the bare spots
(they are relatively thin lines rather than rubbed out circular
For some dumb reason, after sanding I decided the best way to get rid
of the fine white powder dust was to wipe the whole piece down with a
damp cloth (it was not wet - just slightly damp). Well, I work fast so
it wasn't until I'd wiped down the entire dresser with this damp cloth
that I noticed it had turned the finish milky/cloudy.
Did I just ruin the whole thing? Will this cloudy appearance clear up
on it's own? If not, can it be fix? If so, please provide details.
Well, I'm hoping some kindhearted woodworking guru out there could
offer up some friendly advice to 'save the day'. I'm so upset that in
a matter of minutes I'd managed to destroy a week's work!
Thanks in advance for any assistance.