How To Varathane a Table

Varathane is made by Rust-Oleum.It can be applied to a table to create a clear finish that protects and preserves the wood.This is a great way to show your table’s woodwork, and you can do it on your own.The Varathane will need to be applied before you can clean the wood.When you add enough coats, use automotive polish to bring out the shine.

Step 1: Move the table to aventilated area.

If Varathane gives off fumes, they can be dangerous.This can be prevented if you choose a work area with good air flow.You can place a drop cloth beneath the table to catch Varathane drips.If you have to work in a small room, open some windows.If the room has less than ideal air flow, use a fan.The Varathane will be protected from dust as it dries as a clean work area is preferred.

Step 2: Sand.

Varathane will make your table look better.If you want your table to be smooth and uniform, you need to sand it.If you want the smoothest finish, start with 100 gr of sandpaper, then 150 gr, and finally 220 gr.Depending on the condition of the table, you may only need to lightly sand it.Some tables have a finish.This may affect the Varathane.Sand away all the finish before applying Varathane.

Step 3: The table has some sawdust on it.

Break out a vacuum with a brush attachment if there is a lot of sawdust.Dust can be wiped away with a lint-free cloth and mineral spirits.Next, wipe the table with a dry cloth.

Step 4: Choose between water and oil.

Varathane will be more resistant to heat.The natural beauty of your wood may be obscured by the amber tint of oil-bases.Water-based Varathane is less resistant than wood.

Step 5: The Varathane can be used to mix it.

Air bubbles may form when Varathane is shook.A bumpy finish can be created by air bubbles.The Varathane can be mixed with a paint stirrer.Add a splash of mineral spirits to the Varathane if it seems thick.If you are sensitive to fumes, wear a mask when working with Varathane.After the final coat dries, fumes may persist for some time.

Step 6: The Varathane should be rubbed onto the table.

Put the brush in the Varathane.Use long strokes to apply a thin layer to the table after wiping the excess off the inside lip of the can.Be careful around cracks and crevices.There should be no pooling or drips.If you clean your brush while you wait for Varathane to dry, you can use it for the next coat.

Step 7: If the coat is dry, test it.

Water-based Varathane takes 4 to 6 hours to dry.After this time has passed, test its dryness by gently sanding an out of sight portion with 220-grit sandpaper.If the Varathane isn’t yet dry, you should wait about an hour or two before testing it again with 220-grit paper.

Step 8: When the coat is dry, lightly sand it.

You can lightly sand the entire surface after the coat is dry.If you are working with Varathane for the first time, there may be some discrepancies.Aim for a uniform finish.If you notice a lot of bumps in the dried coat, you can shave them off with a razor blade.Don’t scratch the wood while doing this.You can remove particles that got stuck in Varathane by lightly sanding it.

Step 9: The second coat should be the same as the first.

Use a dry, lint-free cloth to wipe down the surface.Put a thin coat of Varathane on the table.Allow it to dry and then lightly sand it.Most oil-based Varathane will only need two coats.The water-bases may need up to a dozen coats.

Step 10: The dried surface should be polished with an automotive polishing compound.

There may be some fine scratches in the Varathane.Use a clean cotton cloth to apply automotive polish.When buffing use a circular motion.Follow the directions on the label.Before applying the polish, you should dampen your cotton cloth.