I just finished re-varnishing our cabin sole and what a job that was. I have a
new respect for people who do it for a living now. I never realized what an art
form it is. It is extremely vital that you have the right tools and varnish for
the job to come out well and not take twenty coats. I ended up going through
two whole cans of varnish, by the time I figured out the right stuff I needed
and I can’t remember the number of coats. Now I know what to use and next time I
need to do any varnishing I know what to do. Here is what I
Supplies you need:
Deft brand varnish (in desired
-This stuff lays really well and doesn’t have
to be diluted.
Plastic cup to pour varnish in
Filter to pour varnish
through (usually given to you when you check out)
Stir sticks (usually given
to you when you check out)
400grit sand paper
What to do:
-First use sand paper to sand the piece well, but
don’t sand too hard.
-Then use tack cloth to get all dust off, changing to
clean side as you need to
-Now open the can of varnish and stir with stir
stick slowly as to not create bubbles and pour small amount (enough to do
section your working on) through filter in to plastic cup
varnish with foam brush, being careful to smooth out all bubbles as you go,
before it starts drying.
-Lightly sand and tack between each coat.
applying coats until you reach the desired finish.
-If you do it correctly
and your floors aren’t in too bad shape, it should only take about three
Maybe this will help everyone have an easier time than I did.