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How to refinish wainscot paneling with slick finish

We have wainscot paneling that is about 11 years old - it is starting to look stained.  How do we refinish?  Do we have to sand the finish off?  How do you do that without making a huge mess?

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Posted 2013-09-24T02:31:24+0000  by Lori_Touchette Lori_Touchette

Hello Lori_Touchette!


Refinishing wainscot paneling can be refreshed by simply cleaning with a warm water and TSP.


If this does not meet your expectations, TSP is the correct prep for the next step ... sanding and restaining.


You actually have two choices:


1) Sand all the way down to the wood, then stain and poly to create a new surface coating; or

2) Lightly sand just enough to break the existing gloss, remove the sanding dust with a dry terry towel, and apply a surface a stain and polyurethane-in-one product like Varathane Stain and Poly.


The second is the easier of the two.



When applying a product containing polyurethane, use a natural bristle brush and make long, flowing strokes ... then leave the surface completely alone for six-hours. Apply a second coat if darker color is desired.

Posted 2013-09-24T15:31:53+0000  by Pat_HD_ATL
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