what you need to know about water damage

I am the first to admit that I am not the best home repair person in the world. When something breaks, it usually takes me a while to figure out how to make the repairs or to break down and hire someone to make the repairs for me. When my dishwasher was leaking, I made the big mistake of not taking action immediately. Instead, I just stopped using it. I thought that not using it solved my problems, but it didn't. About three weeks later, I had to hire a repair contractor to fix all of the damage that the dishwasher had caused. Find out about water damage on my blog.

How To Repair Water Damage On Wooden Furniture

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Water damage is all too common on wood surfaces. You can set a sweaty drink down for a few minutes and leave behind a water ring. If the wood surface has a stain that is worn down, even a small amount of moisture can cause the wood to swell. Water damage is common on wooden surfaces like coffee tables, nightstands, desks and window sills. This article will explain how to fix water damaged wood surfaces. You can use this technique to repair surfaces that are stained with a clear coat or those that are painted a solid color.

Sanding The Damaged Area

To adequately repair water damage on wood, you will need a power sander. First, use a rougher sandpaper to smooth out warped or raised areas of the water damage. For example, you might want to start with 160 grit sandpaper. Then, step up to a smoother paper (try 300 or higher) to sand the area so it is ready to be repainted or restained. You do not necessarily need to sand off all of the old stain. Rather, you just want to sand the surface so it is equally smooth throughout. Be careful to not sanding too hard in one spot as it could leave a divet in the wood. To avoid doing this, you should make circular motions as you sand.

Repainting or Staining the Wood

once the surface feels like it is smooth and flat, you can prepare to paint it. You can make the job much easier by just painting the entire surface at once. Some people try to just paint the damaged area. However, this is problematic because the new paint often won't match the old paint, even if you have the exact same color.

Most wooden furniture pieces are made with hardwoods. Since these surfaces are so smooth, painting them with a paintbrush can leave behind brushstrokes. Most likely, the furniture was originally painted using a spraygun. If you do not have access to a spraygun, you should just try and paint with a brand new paintbrush. The trick to avoiding brushstrokes is putting very little paint on the brush. To apply stain, you can avoid brushstrokes by simply using a rag instead of the paintbrush. You can dip the rag directly into the can of stain and then spread it all over the surface.

When you learn to repair water damage, you can basically give any piece of furniture a new lease on life! If you have questions, contact an expert like Flagship Restoration.

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29 July 2015