So, you built or bought a house with beautifully stained woodwork. When it was originally finished it looked great, but now your wood trim has faded, chipped, beat-up and scratched. Well cheer up; there is hope to bring it back to life for many more years. Well-finished woodwork looks great in any home as well as increases the value of your home. It also requires more preparation before the final finish goes on, but is well worth the effort. With a little elbow grease, a few supplies and spare time you will be done before you know it.
Your wood trim may just need a good cleaning and waxing. Briwax has a good line of wood cleaners and wax products, including a cleaner/wax in one product. If your woodwork is not too beat up, try this first. If cleaning is out of the question, continue reading.
The materials needed are:
Wood stain or stain pens matching your trim (available at home improvement stores or online)
Sand paper 150 and 220 grit
There are two ways you can work on the trim 1) with the woodwork removed 2) leave the woodwork in place 3) or you can do both. Leaving the trim in place is the easiest to deal with, except the baseboards. The baseboards are the moldings the run along the wall at the base. Sanding and finishing baseboards is more difficult to work at floor level than working trim around windows and doorways. If you are handy with tools, have a little on you or have a bad back like me I recommend removing the baseboards and working the remaining woodwork in place. If you do not mind working down low, leave the baseboards in place.
1. Clean all woodwork with a wood cleaner that does not leave residue.
2. Sand rough or scratched areas with, 150-grit sandpaper until smooth; avoid sanding through the stain as much as possible.
3. Sand remaining woodwork with 220, grit or finer, until all shine is gone. Remove sanding dust with a vacuum or damp cloth.
4. Apply wood filler according to package directions to deep scratches, dents and nail holes. Let the wood putty dry and sand smooth until wood filler is only in the repair.
5. Use the stain pen or stain to cover areas that you may have sanded through or scratches. Allow stain to dry according to instructions on stain product.
6. With a soft, lint free cloth, apply wipe-on polyurethane, rubbing in the direction of the grain. Let polyurethane stand for five minutes then wipe off any excess finish, allow to dry.
7. Continue to add a second and third coat of polyurethane. If you removed the baseboards, reinstall on walls and fill nail holes before applying last coat.