How To Burnish Wood Furniture: Steps To Burnish


Steps To Burnish Wood Furniture

Burnishing refers to the blending of wood fibers in order to give the wood a high gloss finish. The process is applied on to the wood furniture after the final coat of lacquer is completely dry. The technique was mostly used by the old world craftsmen and is hardly seen in the present woodworking because it is time-consuming. The steps to burnish wood furniture are as follows:
  1. Rub The Lacquer Finish:
    First, the user needs to rub the dry lacquer finish vigorously with a small pad of denim. It has been recommended by the experts to fold the denim into a small pad and then rub the pad over the lacquer finish in circular motions by using the fingers.
  2. Work Section By Section
    The user needs to rub the finish in small sections that should be around 6 inches in diameter. The user needs to rub the sections until the lacquer finish feels slightly warm. The user needs to perform the step in the direction of the grain and the second section should be overlapping the first section.
  3. Let The Light Reflect Off The Surface:
    The user needs to lean down and let the light reflect off the surface containing lacquer finish. If the user doesn't see the brighter polished look at the rubbed areas of the surface, he needs to rub the area again.
  4. Rub Two Sections Together:
    Once the whole furniture is rubbed section by section, the user needs to follow it up by rubbing two sections together. It has been recommended by the experts to rub the pad over the lacquer finish in straight motions back & forth in the direction of the wood grain. The step will blend as well as smooth the circular swirls into the straight lines. The rubbing should be done vigorously in order to give the lacquer surface a high gloss finish.
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