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Wage and Hour Division (WHD)

Service Contract Act Directory of Occupations

09070 Furniture Refinisher

Refinishes damaged, worn, or used furniture or new high-grade furniture to specified color for finish, utilizing knowledge of wood properties, finishes, and furniture styling. Removes old finish from surfaces by abrading with steel wool or sandpaper or by brushing solvent on surfaces to soften finish and scraping with knife and steel wool. Removes excess solvent by rubbing surface with cloth immersed in paint thinner or sal soda. Applies plastic putty, wood putty, or lacquer-stick to surfaces, using spatula or knife, to fill nicks, depressions, holes and cracks. Smooths surface for finishing, using sandpaper or power sander. Selects and mixes finish ingredients to obtain specified color shade or to match existing finish. Brushes or sprays successive coats of stain, varnish, shellac, lacquer, or paint on workpiece. Grains wood or paints wood trim, using graining roller, comb, sponge, or brush. Polishes and waxes finished surfaces. In general, this worker requires extensive knowledge of surface peculiarities and types of finishes required for different applications usually acquired through considerable on-the-job training and experience.