3 Tips For Preparing Your Wood Particle Board Table To Be Refinished

Posted on: 29 August 2016


If you have a table that is made of particle board, which is also known as pressed board, and it has recently begun to show signs of surface damage, it is important to know that it may be possible to restore much of its original appearance. Unfortunately, it is not unusual for many people to accidentally damage a favorite piece of furniture by refinishing it without adequate preparation. If you want to restore as much of the unblemished appearance of your table as possible, the following information about cleaning and priming it beforehand will be very helpful.

#1-Clean The Table With The Right Product

It will first be necessary to understand that contaminants such as the oil from your hands or residue from previous spills will impair the ability of your table to benefit from the primer you will need to apply. However, it is crucial to use the right cleaner to remove the contaminants before allowing the area to dry entirely.

As a result, you should use ammonia and a soft, clean rag to clean your table. To prevent any accidental smears from marring your freshly cleaned table, you may want to consider wearing latex or kitchen gloves. In addition, you can also wear a medical mask on your face to minimize any discomfort that could occur as the result of using ammonia.

#2-Sand The Surface Of The Table...The Right Way

Given the many types of sandpaper that are currently available, it would not be hard to use the wrong one and thus impact the final appearance of the table. In this instance, you should plan to use a fine-grit sandpaper. A 22-grit sandpaper is a good choice.

You will need to sand with the grain of the wood so that the particle board loses its sheen and will be ready to accept the new primer. Continue sanding until the entire area appears dull and then remove all of the resulting dust with a clean, dry rag.

#3-Mark Any Areas Of The Table That You Do Not Want To Be Primed Or Refinished

If your table will be featuring a design or you plan to apply more than one type of enamel, you will need to mark the area by using painter's tape. Pay close attention to the edges you are marking and use a ruler to verify the dimensions of your pattern, if necessary.

If you are creating a pattern, be sure that one area has dried entirely before proceeding to the next step.

In conclusion, a wood particle table is an affordable and popular item that can often provide many years of service. When its surface begins to show symptoms of frequent use and needs to be refinished, it is a good idea to prepare the table in accordance with the tips listed above.