by Simon Gilboy October 27, 2020
Over the last few months I have received many enquiries from people asking how to restore their Nathan furniture. So, in response to this demand I have produced a step-by-step guide that aims to demonstrate how this can be done at home.
This blog will explain the process of stripping and refinishing an item of Nathan furniture. It will also give you a list of all the items you will require in order to finish the job.
For this guide I will be restoring a well-worn but much-loved set of nested teak Nathan coffee tables.
You will need: Gloves | Protective glasses | Mask | Stripper* | Brush | Coarse wire wool | Decorators tray | Paint scraper
You will need: Gloves | Hard wax oil | White spirit | 100% pure cotton cloth
For a more durable, long lasting finish, apply a hard wax oil to your stripped Nathan furniture before polishing.
Make a palm sized pad with your cloth and dip it into the hard wax oil. In the video you will see that I dilute the hard wax oil with about 10% white spirit or pure turpentine, just to thin it slightly.
With your charged cloth, start at one end of a surface and apply the hard wax oil sparingly, using long strokes, in the direction of the wood grain. You will see an instant change in colour as the wood absorbs the oil.
Once your first coat of hard wax oil has been applied, leave it to dry overnight or for at least 8 hours. Leave your oil-soaked cloth out flat to dry due to the combustible components of the hard wax oil. Or if you wish to reuse it again place it in an air tight container.
You will need: Gloves | Mask | Protective glasses | 320 grit foam-backed sandpaper
Once the furniture is completely dry, use the 320 grit sandpaper to gently smooth the surface of your furniture.
Repeat step 4 in order to ensure a more durable finish. This step is optional.
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