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
Will the normal paint removers work (well) seeing that the stain is absorbed
to some depth
below the urface ?
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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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.
Semi-paste (not water wash) paint remover will take out most of the
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?
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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