Sometimes that in-home bar project is about fixing up the one you already have or completing your project is about sanding and finishing the bar rail you haven’t yet installed. In order to make sure your finished project turns out the way you hope, it is important to learn a few tips for either situation.
Keep in mind that even if you are just now piecing together your first in-home bar, one of these days you may be sanding and refinishing it to help breathe new life into it again after years of use and wear. Hopefully, some of these tips will help you get your bar rail project complete the right way, the first time around.
- Due to the size and shape of a bar rail, it is generally a good idea to hand-sand it all the way down to the old finish. Although this is more time consuming, it will be more exact and leave you with a finished product you will probably be glad you took the extra time to complete.
- Many people ask about chemical strippers for refinishing a bar rail. Generally, since you will still have to go back and do much of the hand sanding, it is probably easier and less of a mess to plan on just skipping this altogether. More than likely you will be able to more effectively preserve the profile by not bothering with the chemicals, but this is entirely up to you.
- Now it will be time to decide if you even need to re-stain the bar rail. Oftentimes if you didn’t do too much intensive work with the sanding, it won’t be a necessary task. However, if you find that you do need to go ahead with re-staining, it is probably a good idea to use a quality oil stain that penetrates the wood.
- One common mistake people make is not using lacquer as the next step. If you use polyurethane, it could very well chip entirely too easily. On the other hand, the other common mistake is using shellac, which does not resist alcohol. Choose your products wisely, or you could undo all of that hard work.
- If you are already thinking that you can’t use lacquer because you don’t have any spray equipment, then you need not worry. They do make brushing lacquers. Again, it may be a little more time intensive and take a little more patience, but the end result is well worth the investment. Expect to commit to as many as eight coats to get the job done, but know that once the job is done, it will be the best job possible.
The bottom line is that you are bound to be surprised by the expert quality finish in the end result, if you invest the time and effort. You can’t expect your bar rail work to get done quickly and still look like it was done by experts. Take pride in the work you do, and it will surely show in your end result.