Watch more Great Craft Ideas videos: http://www.howcast.com/guides/117-Great-Craft-Ideas Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - http://howc.st/uLaHRS Learn how to varnish wood with these easy, step-by-step instructions. Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: http://howc.st/ytmainplaylists Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - http://howc.st/HOE3aY Howcast Video Games Channel - http://howc.st/tYKKrk Howcast Tech Channel - http://howc.st/rx9FwR Howcast Food Channel - http://howc.st/umBoJX Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - http://howc.st/vmB86i Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - http://howc.st/vKjUjm Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - http://howc.st/vbbNt3 Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Step 1: Prepare your workspace If you're inside, make sure your work space is well ventilated and free of dust. Lay down newspaper to protect the floors. If working outdoors, choose a spot where wind will not blow dust and debris onto your freshly varnished surface. Step 2: Prepare your surface Give the wood a light sanding with very fine grained sandpaper. Sand with the grain of the wood, not against it. Wipe the wood clean with tack cloth. Tip Lay pieces flat to avoid runs in the finish. Step 3: Use the right varnish. Step 4: Thin the varnish Thin the varnish by mixing with an equal part mineral spirits in your container. Thinning ensures a hard cure. Step 5: Apply the first coat Apply the varnish against the grain to a small area. Immediately go over the same area again with the brush, this time with the grain, and repeat over the whole piece. The first coat acts as a sealer. Tip Do not leave your varnished piece in direct sunlight or it will dry too quickly. Step 6: Prepare for the second coat Allow the first coat to dry overnight or longer. Then sand the piece again with very fine sandpaper. Wipe off the dust with tack cloth. Step 7: Apply the second coat Pour the varnish into your container. Do not thin the varnish. Apply the varnish with the grain. Tip For best results, apply varnish in thin, even coats. Step 8: Add more coats Add more coats as needed, sanding lightly before each application. If applied properly, varnish will provide a beautiful and durable finish for many years. Did You Know? Varnish found on 2,500-year-old Egyptian mummy cases still looks good today.
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