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Revamp a scratched dining table with Rust-Oleum 2X

Use Rust-Oleum 2X spray paint to revamp a scratched or damaged dining table at a fraction of what it would cost to replace. You will find the entire range of Rust-Oleum products at your local Builders Warehouse store.


My dining table has become so scratched as a result of using it as a worktop for my projects that it is in urgent need of a revamp. It's not just fine scratches here and there, but also a couple of deep gouges as well. The table has been used for shooting TV shoots, DIY workshops and late night projects, but now something needs to be done.

The first step is to give the entire table a good sanding to remove the existing finish and smooth away some of the finer scratches. To do this I gave the table a once over with 120-grit sanding pads. If you are planning to revamp a table use a Random Orbit Sander. It leaves a much smoother finish than an orbital sander.


When sanding, go with the motion of the sander and gently guide it over the surface.

The next step was to fill in the deeper gouges with wood filler. Don't use too much - just enough to fill. If you put too much wood filler on, it takes longer to dry and longer to sand smooth. Once dry, sand with your Random Orbit Sander and 240-grit sanding pads for a smooth finish. Wipe the table clean with a dry cloth.

I used Rust-Oleum 2X satin canyon black to spray the table. I'm using a satin in this colour because I want the exact same finish - just without all the scratches. Shake the can well for at least a minute before you start painting.

Do your spray painting outdoors, preferably not on a windy day or you will end up spraying twice as much paint. Put down a dropcloth to protect any surrounding areas from overspray. I started at the bottom of the table and worked my way up. Before spraying the top of the table, I applied spray paint to the edge of the table top and let this dry.

I started at one end of the table, and it's important to leave yourself enough space to work from one end to the other without stopping for breaks.

Spray from left to right (or right to left) from one end to the other in even strokes so that the next stroke perfectly overlaps the previous stroke. By doing it this way you will have an even finish across the entire top of the table. If you stop and allow the paint to dry, you might see a difference in the final finish.

If you are spraying the table a completely different colour, or putting a lighter colour over a darker finish, start by spraying from the opposite angle and let the first coat dry before applying the second coat in the same way that I did.

Here's the finished table and she looks gorgeous and scratch-free again. It really was easy to revamp the table and I only used a can of Rust-Oleum 2X for the entire table.


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