Removing Wood Stain From A Chair ?

Hi,
Have an old wooden chair that looks as if the finish was just a wood stain. Would like to re-do it with probably a polyurethane stain.
But, would like to apply it over bare wood.
Is there any practical way of removing the old stain other than sanding it off ?
Will the normal paint removers work (well) seeing that the stain is absorbed to some depth below the urface ?
Thanks, Bob
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Wood bleach would lighten it up. Paint remover won't touch stain.

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You will need Aircraft stripper, sold at Auto Finish Stores. Strip the finish, steel wool, 00 or 000 the stain with Lacquer Thinner. The stain should come out with no problem, no other way to do it. You'll have to stain/finish the chair again.
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wrote:

This is a messy procedure with health concerns. Paint removers will remove much of the stain along with using wood bleach.
I have had very good results taking a wooden chair apart and sanding each piece and cleaning up spindles on a lathe. Here again, some time will be spent, perhaps a day or two.
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Robert11 wrote:

stain. I've done a lot of furniture refinishing, and old stain doesn't come out completely unless you remove the wood. Most of the stain will come out. Let it "work", clean off with medium steel wool, scrub with fine steel wool and mineral spirits, clean that off with paper towels or rags, let dry a day or two. I've tried wood bleach with no results. Do you know what kind of wood it is? Unless maple or birch (very unlikely for old chair), it will finish to a medium brown, even without stain. Refinish with polyurethane stain? Did you mean poly varnish?
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There is a product called "Peel and Strip", apply stripper, apply visqueen to the stripper and let for 24 hrs. Peel the visqueen and off comes the finish and the most of the stain. Use a carbon mask, wash with Laquer thinner, (Don't let the green people know you are using this cause they say its bad for you.) and 000 steel wool, the stain will come out and you can refinish with water based products, (the green people will like you then)
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