If You Love Refinishing Furniture But Hate Sanding Try Deglosser
Some people would like to refinish their own furniture because they can give it their own personal flair and thus have a sense of accomplishment. Besides, DIY refinishing furniture can also save you a good sum of money on your pocket. So if you can do it yourself and you think you are good at it why hire other people? There is a segment of furniture refinishing however that does not bode well for others to do.
I would like to share a furniture tip to those who hate the part of sanding their wood furniture before putting on paint or whatever finish they would like. I don’t blame them for hating sanding. I also have my own reason for avoiding sanding as much as possible ─ I get skin irritation after doing it. But for me, any painting job will not be professionally done without the preparatory sanding.
Furniture refinishing as a whole is a messy job and the sanding part is truly an untidy one. There is a way though to greatly reduce this hassle of work, but you will still have to do some sanding. This type of solution will speed up the stripping of the old paint, lessen the time of using sandpaper and enhance the preparatory work of refinishing. So you will still have to do some sanding- I’ll tell you later why.
Using Liquid sandpaper
Liquid sandpaper helps in stripping the stubborn paint which otherwise cannot be quickly removed by sanding. Also called deglosser or liquid deglosser, it is a chemical solution that removes the glossy layer off your wooden furniture. They are mostly used in high gloss paint.
Even if they are called liquid sandpaper they do not actually perform any sanding. You must first thoroughly clean the surface of the wood furniture and let it dry before applying the deglosser. What it does is soften up the layers of paint by rubbing in the chemical compound over the painted surface you want to degloss. After having set some time you can then wipe off the solution on the surface with a clean drop cloth.
Drawbacks and Benefits of Deglosser
One drawback of liquid deglossers is that they remove the existing paint on a surface roughly and unevenly. It is not like the conventional method of sanding which leaves a smooth, regular surface. On the other side liquid sandpaper does not leave dust behind like what sanding does, which would require extra cleaning.
Liquid sandpapers also cannot level out bumps or other imperfections. However, liquid deglossers are efficient when it comes to removing paint and other type of finish on carved surfaces with intricate designs and on grooves that can be hard to reach with sanding paper. For this reasons I consider deglosser or liquid sandpapers as complementary to sanding.
Dangers and Safety tips
Exercise extreme caution when applying deglosser. Skin contact is dangerous because it contains toxic chemicals. If it gets in your eyes it may cause blindness. Always wear a glove, masks and goggle as protection, and work in a well ventilated place.
Naptha and toluene are solvents of liquid sandpaper which are flammable. It is best to keep the compound away from open flame and materials and that may cause it to ignite. Also, do not place deglosser in near proximity to electric equipments.
The leftover from using the liquid sandpaper would already be classified as hazardous waste and therefore should not be emptied in a drain or dispose of the can by throwing it in bin where the small children could reach. Be sure to follow regulations in your area for the proper disposal of the waste.
Below is a very good how-to video on refinishing a cabinet by
Rust Oleum 258240 Cabinet Transformations Cabinet Coating Kit
. Pay attention to the segment on applying the deglosser.
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