The gnats are gone (finally) and I have the cold weather and building improvements to thank for it! I much like the siding repairs on the shop but I still have to make up my mind about the weather. Our place is rather large and when the heat is on it’s only noticeable in the wood shop area (where John is). Not to mention, when we have the spray booth fan on it requires makeup air to work properly. It gives me a cuddly, warm feeling to think that I’ll be spraying finishes with 10,000 cubic feet per second of arctic wind rushing past me this winter. If the blogs cease to be updated for a length of time it’s safe to assume I’ve frozen.
Now, onto the piece that inspired my outrageously ingenious and creative title!
Do you see the area that needs to be fixed? That was done by one of those melted wax smelly devices. It accidentally spilled on the table and ate through the finish. Lesson 1: be careful if you have those things sitting directly on a table. Here’s a closeup so you can see it a bit better.
To get started, I needed to remove the old finish. Once I taped it off and figured out the right solvent to dissolve it, the finish came off relatively quickly.
Once wiped down and cleaned, I had to color the ‘new’ top so it matched the rest of the table… and under lighting that I hoped was similar to the location the table will be in its home. This is the most difficult part as different lighting (ie. daylight, fluorescent, tungsten, etc) give your project different results. Something that looks great under the shop’s ‘neutral’ lighting might be terribly obvious under daylight. Thankfully the big windows in the shop give us plenty of daylight to help. In this instance, the table top required stain and multiple layers of glaze as well; which I like. It’s best to start out lighter (with the stain) and then sneak up to the color with numerous applications of glaze.
After the final clear coat and a finishing rub out, I ended with…
Much better, don’t you think?
Gosh I’m good.