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Forum topic by TooTall17 posted 05-28-2019 03:06 PM 268 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-28-2019 03:06 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question refurbishing finishing

Hello all,
My wife and I are expecting our first child this November.
I have many projects on board for the baby and nursery, however a crib is not on the list.
We found this one at Target that we like a lot.

I was reading the reviews and a number of them mention that the finish starts to chip/flake off. Finish in the description says glazed/stained/non-toxic lacquer, says the frame is wood but I’m not sure if that means actual solid wood or that press board/MDF stuff.

So while I’m not building a crib, I’m more than willing and able to put in the work to make sure the finish doesn’t chip off of this one. Hoping some of you might have suggestions for something I can do.
I assume sanding it then putting something over top. My concern with that is sanding it might make it more rustic than we want. Would something like polycrylic be a good option? Another concern is whatever I put on it will just adhere to the finish that’s going to flake off anyways.

Any advice appreciated (and I know the sure fire way to avoid any issues is to just build the crib myself, but that’s probably not going to happen.)


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#1 posted 05-28-2019 03:36 PM

For use in a crib, I doubt most finishes would be harmful unless a child could chew a very large area of finish off even at that most finishes are not harmful once the solvent has dried out of them. If in doubt use shellac it’s even used to coat candy and pills.

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#2 posted 05-28-2019 03:40 PM

I’m not too worried about finish safety. As you said, most of them are safe once cured.
Just trying to prevent the factory finish from flaking off. You think using shellac over top of the factory finish would work? or would it just eventually flake off as the factory finish flakes off?

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#3 posted 05-28-2019 04:08 PM

Shellac won’t stop the factory finish from flaking. That is a problem at the factory. Either keep looking or plan on removing the finish and applying one of your own if you’re concerned about flaking finish.

No matter what you do, expect your little one to destroy it. Kids are rough on finishes of any kind. I spent weeks refinishing a couch and within days, my son decided to use an arm as a chew toy. Kids are why we can’t have nice things.

-- Sawdust Maker

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#4 posted 05-28-2019 04:15 PM

I agree with sawdust maker,I missed the fact that you were concerned about the factory finish.

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