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Old 04-16-2009, 08:26 PM   #1
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Need Help Fixing My Dresser...


I'm sorry if this is a duplicate post, but I am new to the forum. Here is my problem...

I have a beautiful pine dresser, but I left a drink on it and it bubbled. So now there is a bubble on the top of my dresser. I would like to fix this but I am not sure where to start. This would be my first project so if you could explain in "lamen" terms it would be very helpful.

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Old 04-17-2009, 05:42 AM   #2
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Sounds like you'll have to sand down the entire surface and refinish it.

Did it already have a finish on the surface?
Did it have a stained finish or clear?

If it did and it was stained, then you need to get a belt sander to sand it down enough to remove to old stain. Otherwise you'll have a spoty stained surface if you iniytially use an orbital sander.

(I'm not an expert on finishing woods, and maybe someone else can chime in)

But based on my experience with Pine, it is a very porous wood and whatever seeps through the grain will seep in a bit deeper then most woods. If it is stained and you use an orbital sander, you'll probably end up with a fair amount of swirly, spoty stain marks which would not be the desired look (obviously).

So, no matter what the surface is, a belt sander is your best initial step to take down the finish (use a 100 grit paper) Then you can finish sanding with an orbital using 180 grit paper.

The final step would be to apply a mininmum of 4 coats of polyurethane with pine.

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Below are some sites that speak a little to the finishing of pine. Worth reading, because pine can be a challenge.
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Sorry to disagree with CrossWorks but a belt sander would ruin any patina and value the dresser has as an antique. The best approach is to just repair the damaged area. A "drink" bubbled the finish. If it was an alcoholic drink, the finish is likely shellac and can be reamalgamated with alcohol on a pad of cheesecloth. Suggest you check the Woodworking site connected with this forum, the Finishing section for more info.
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