Krrb Presents — How to Restore a Poly Urethane Finish on Mid-Century Modern


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Working out of his Brooklyn brownstone, Mike Koleman, owner of I Like Mike’s Mid Century Modern restores furniture to its original glory. Mike walks Krrb through the steps of a hand-rubbed poly urethane finish. This type of finish is ideal for pieces made of hard woods like walnut. Although the restoration process isn’t complicated, Mike stresses that it is extensive and each step is crucial for a high-quality result.


  • Paint Stripper
  • Paint Stripper Wash
  • Fine Sandpaper in various grains
  • Foam Brush
  • Poly Urethane
  • Lint-free Paper Towels
  • 0000 Grade Steel Wool Pads
  • Beeswax
  • Turtle Wax Rubbing Compound
  • Rags
  • Fine Car Polishing Compound

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If you have questions about the poly urethane process, ask Mike in our Krrb Forum. And if you have tips of your own, we want to hear them!


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