Things You Will Need
- Orbital sander
- 80-grit sandpaper
- 180-grit sandpaper
- Wood putty
- Wiping cloth
- Paint brush
- Clear top coat finish
- Steel wool
Sand and refinish old speaker cabinets so that they look brand new after a couple hours worth of work. Your local home improvement store has all the supplies you need.
It is important to sand all the old finish from the cabinet before applying a new finish to ensure a quality project.
- Lay a blanket down on a flat surface. Set the speaker cabinet onto the blanket.
- Sand the speaker cabinet edges with an orbital sander. Lower grit sandpaper may be used to remove the old finish quicker, such as 80-grit. Once all the old finish is removed from the speaker cabinet, re-sand the entire wood surface with 180-grit sandpaper. This grit will remove the swirls created from the 80-grit sandpaper.
- Fill any holes or imperfections with wood putty. Allow the wood putty to dry for 15 minutes. Sand the putty if needed using a sander and 180-grit sandpaper.
- Wipe the speaker cabinet down to remove any dust from sanding.
- Apply a wood stain to the cabinet using a wiping cloth. Wipe any excess stain with a second wiping cloth. Stain the entire cabinet and allow the cabinet to dry. Refer to the stain can for recommended drying time.
- Apply a clear protective coat to the speaker cabinet using a paint brush. Only apply a small amount at a time to avoid runs in the finish. Use the paint brush to brush even strokes in the finish. Continue until the entire cabinet is complete.
- Lightly buff the cabinet using steel wool to create a smooth finish.