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Stripping an old table down can be time consuming.  You'll need 80 grit to 120 grit sand paper.  The 80 grit makes short work of removing the old stain (best done w/ electric sanders as doing by hand can really scratch the surface).  The 120 grit does real nice at at making it smooth.  240 grit sand paper was used between the 2 coats of stain and between the 2 coats of clear finish.  Save you ears and wears protection, and your lungs by wearing a mask and don't forget the all important eye protection.

Step 1: Things You Need

  1. table
  2. sanders
  3. sand paper 80grit, 120 grit, 240 grit
  4. rubber gloves
  5. paint brushes
  6. stain of your choice
  7. clear finish to make it shine.
  8. ear and eye protection
  9. dust mask highly recommended
  10. dust brush

Step 2: Sand

I used different types of sanders.  The belt sander worked best on the large surfaces w/ 80 grit, then I sanded the top by hand using 120 grit. The finishing sander worked well on the smaller areas using 80 grit then 120 grit.  (watch video)

Step 3: Dust Off Then Stain

After dusting it off, I used a soft wood conditioner on it before staining.  The conditioner help the stain penetrate more evenly.  It only needs to be on a few minutes before staining.  After the first coat, let it dry over night before applying a second coat.  Lightly sand w/240 grit sand paper before applying a second coat,  then let the second coat dry over night.  When doing the legs, I was using mainly up-strokes vs. down-strokes.  This helps prevent drips and runs.

Step 4: Finally a Clear Finish

I did 2 coats of clear finish, again allowing it to dry over night, then lightly sand w/240 grit sandpaper in-between coats.  In the video when I was doing the legs, I was using up-strokes more-so-than down-strokes, this helps prevent drips and runs.
This came out really nicely. When you are doing upstrokes are you working top to bottom, or bottom to top? Cheers!
brushing from bottom to top helps prevent drips and runs. thx.

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