The team here at Heath Refinishing takes pride in doing things the right way, even though that usually means more time, effort, and supplies. We love doing the BEST job possible, and we don’t corners … unless you’d prefer a corner-less piece. Below is just one example of a typical job – and all the steps we go through to deliver a quality finish.
So first we remove all hardware and use our specialized tools to strip off the old finish. We then proceed with cleaning the furniture with lacquer thinner to prep the wood for sanding.
Using a pneumatic sander, we sand by hand using 150 grit sandpaper. Then, we stain (again by hand) with a cotton cloth – we usually use Mohawk oil base stain. Afterwards, we spray with Mohawk vinyl sealer and let it dry for about 3 hours. Next, we sand it with 320 grit sandpaper and clean the dust off with a dry cloth and compressed air.
To give the piece shading and depth, we use a toner to spray a dark color around the corners and edges, and then apply one coat of pre-catalyzed lacquer. Again, we lightly sand and clean with compressed air to remove all dust. Then, using a paintbrush, we apply a oil base glaze to all the trim, carvings, and recessed areas. The excess is removed with a dry cloth – but we leave a small amount of glaze in all the crevices. We let the piece dry overnight.
The next day, we had a final coat of Mohawk pre-catalyzed lacquer in the desired sheen. And finally, we add back all the hardware. Take a look at the finished product!