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How to Use Varnish to Finish Wood

How to Use Varnish to Finish Wood

Varnishing wood is not very difficult but it does take a little patience as you are all but guaranteed to do more than one coat. That said, it give the wood a nice, protected finish. Read on to learn How To Use Varnish to Finish Wood

Moderately Easy


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      Be sure the wood surface your are going to varnish is free of dust and dirt. Be sure the old finish is removed (bare wood)
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      The next step is to use the varnish as a primer or a sealer. Find yourself a good lint free cloth...
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      Put a rubber glove on your hand in order to keep the varnish off.
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      Dip the lint free cloth into the varnish. You don't have to dunk the whole cloth, just dip enough to start spreading onto the wood.
    • 5
      Work the varnish along the grain of the wood. Don't work against the grain. Repeat the above steps until your entire surface is covered.
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      Let the varnish dry thoroughly.
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      Get some light/fine sandpaper and lightly sand over the varnish. This will remove any dust or debris that may have settled on the varnish as well as smooth out any imperfections
    • 8
      Then get yourself a paint brush and reapply the varnish again working along the grain. Varnish the entire surface using the brush.
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      Let dry and then admire your work!

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