Varnish can provide a lovely finish to ligneous wooden furniture. Beforehand to applying the lacquer to your furniture, you need to follow the few simple steps listed below.
Sanding your wood:
This will remove any marks, stains and blemishes before applying the varnish. Sandpaper gently smooths and cleans your wood piece because it is prone to attracting dust, hair, and other froths before applying the glaze. So plan to varnish your piece in a place that is spotless and will not be affected.
You’ll only need a few basic supplies to varnish the wood and all of them are readily obtainable at your local hardware store.
- Varnish (Make sure it is oil-based varnish, not polyurethane)
- A paintbrush (Natural bristle is preferable)
- A large, clear measuring cup
- Paint thinner (Turpentine to clean your brush and from going hard)
- Rubber gloves (If you don’t want to get your hands dirty and sticky
Before varnish application:
Avoid shaking the container of varnish use a stick to stir the varnish thoroughly in order not to present air froths into the varnish.
Dispense enough varnish for the first coat into your measuring cup and the amount will vary liable to how large your piece is. Add some paint thinner directly to the varnish and stir again slowly to avoid bubbles.
Pour three quarters of varnish and one quarter cup of thinner.
Appling the varnish onto your wood:
Apply the varnish in several thin films, letting each one dry thoroughly before proceeding to the next. Dip just the tip of your brush into the varnish-thinner mixture, and gently apply it to your piece. Work in the direction of the wood scrap, not back-and-forth.
- Keep plummeting your brush into the varnish to keep it wet.
- Wear rubber gloves and a respirator, if you want to protect yourself from vapors, odors and spills.
Tip if the varnish is still wet:
Apply the varnish in numerous thin layers, allowing each one dry meticulously before proceeding to the next. Always work in the direction of the wood grain and apply coats of the varnish in the same direction and motion.
- Varnish is dry when it does not feel sticky to the touch.
- Slender and slim wood may only need one coat of varnish and heavy-duty pieces like furniture may need around five.
- Let the final coat set for several weeks before using the item.
Find the right varnish:
There are many different kinds of polishes each with its own benefits and disadvantages. Some varnishes are easier to use while others are better, so choose one that suits your wooden furniture.
They usually have to be mixed with a paint thinner, such as turpentine and hey also have strong fumes and must be used in a well-ventilated area.
Acrylic and water-based vanishes:
Have low-odor and can be mixed with just water and they tend to dry quicker than oil-based varnishes, but they are not as durable as oil-based varnishes.
Spray on varnishes:
They do not necessitate brushes and they do not need to be diluted.
Varnishes that are clear and tinted:
Clear varnishes will allow the wood's natural color to display, while colored varnishes can act as a tint the piece a specific color.