I recently moved to a house with a fitted pine kitchen which although
in good condition is a bit orange, which makes it look dated. Does
anyone have any tips about removing the varnish? chemical or some
Once it's varnish free what is the best thing to seal the wood? I'd
like to keep it as natural as possible.
Any help welcome. Thanks
It's definitely solid, had to think there for a second though. I did
think sanding for the bigger areas but some of the edges are a quite
ornate and I don't want to lose the sharpness of the edges. Are any of
the chemical removers any good and save to use in the kitchen?
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Nitromors is pretty effective. It does give off a vapour, however,
and you therefore need to ventilate the room while using it - not as
bad as wood preserver, though.
It will also burn skin after a short while if you splash any on
yourself so it's advisable to wear gloves - however if you wash
splashes off, it is neutralised immediately.
Basically the procedure is to paint on liberally, paint on a bit more
when it dries and then after a while scrape gently and wash off with
water. Repeat if needed.
It is safe in a kitchen as long as you make sure you wash off the
areas of use properly.
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Chemical removers will work, but best take the cabinets off the wall
otherwise it will get very very messy very very quickly! Ensure the
chemical removers won't weaken any glue points in the units.
If sanding ornate corners, just do it by hand or use one of those
small 'mouse' style sanders and don't apply too much pressure.
Sanding will give a "rustic distressed look", whereas using chemical
removers will only change the "shade" of the wood.
Whatever you choose to do, test on a hidden bit of a unit (perhaps
inside a door) before committing yourself to your chosen course of
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