How to polish your dining table

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General notes

Always re-polish in cool conditions, to avoid the oil drying too quickly. Sanding should always move in straight clean lines going with the grain. If your table extends, always open the table up with space between each section before polishing. Your table should be re-polished on a ‘needs’ basis approx. every 12 weeks dependent on use.

You will need:

Non-lint cloth (white)
320 abrasive paper
100 grit pad
Acrylic finish pad
Tin of polish
Thin rubber gloves



Complete surface re-polish

It is recommended that you polish your new furniture regularly to maintain the required level of protection and to minimize the risk of the surface from becoming marked.
Re-polishing is both fast and easy and you will soon become an expert! Simply wash your hands with a detergent after use to clean up.
Your new table should be re-polished after about three weeks or when the table surface appears to be more vulnerable to marking.


Take a clean dry cloth and wipe off the table surface, then;

1) Separate the table before polishing.
2) Wrap the 320 paper around your 100 grit pad.
3) Using only the weight of your hand gently sand down the top of your table top, moving with the grain in long straight lines ideally from one edge to the other.
4) Sand the whole surface of the table. Once you reach the end, flip the pad to a fresh side of sand paper and go back across the whole table again.
5) Do not worry about the table colour changing. It is just dusting up and will go back to normal after oiling.
6) Remove any dust from the the table top.

Your table top is now ready for a coat of polish to be applied.


When applying polish to the freshly sanded table, you will need to:

1) Give your polish tin a good shake to ensure both oil and wax are mixed together.
2) When applying the oil start in the centre of the table and work out, so you don’t have to lean over where you have already polished.
3a) Pour a line of polish onto the table, (b) using either a non lint cloth or paint pad, rub the oil into the table using circular motions, (c) approx. 20-30cm wide strip from edge to edge.
4) Get another fresh cloth and wipe up any remaining oil with long straight motions, going with the grain until no wet polish is visible. This prevents any swirls appearing on the table surface.

Repeat this process across the whole table overlapping each strip by about 5cm. When you have completed the table top wrap your acrylic finishing pad around the 100 grit pad and again, using only hand weight, gently run this over the table top from edge to edge going with the grain covering the full surface of your table.
SANDWOOD FINISH ONLY! After an hour, use a clean cloth to wipe down the table surface removing any excess that may have risen out the grain.




Grease/Wine patch re-polishing

Removing the mark

For any excessive marks you can use a Stanley blade to remove the worst of the mark first then finish with the 100 grit pad to sand out the rest. To do this you will need to:

1) Pinch the Stanley blade in both hands between your fingers and thumbs.
2) Press with your thumbs to create a slight curvature in the blade.
3) Angle the blade 5-10° forward and scrape over the patch to remove the top layer.
4) Using the 100 grit pad, sand the whole area going with the grain in long straight lines from edge to edge.
5) Once you are happy the mark has been removed, wrap the 320 around the 100 grit pad and lightly sand an area slightly wider than that sanded with the 100 git pad. Re-polish the area, the same as instructed above.

After you have finished re-polishing the repaired strip, leave overnight to dry. As soon as convenient give the table top a complete surface re-polish following ‘Complete surface re-polish’ instructions above.



Always store your polish in a cool dry area away from children. Should the polish thicken add 10% white spirit. Throw away polish that has become too thick as this may mark the surface. Always throw away used cloths as they may ignite under extreme conditions.
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