Okay, I'm learning as I go but I have a question concerning semi-cleaned
wooden skirting. I've used an 'environmentally correct' varnish remover
as opposed to Nitromas <sp> which appears to have removed the VAST
majority of the varnish but 'shoe who like to be obeyed' has now
suggested that 'we' clean the wood down with caustic soda then ligtly
sand the eventually dried skirting board (raised grain?). Questions
How strong a solution of caustic is required? Does the wood need to be
neutralised afterwards with acid (doesn't the room stink)? By acid I
The wood had come up fairly well, even though it is cheap pine but
definately needs rubbed down. Oh, and the final finish will be waxing of
Thanks in advance and any/all suggestions gratefully received.
Don't imagine for a second that thought has not shot through my head.
Especially when twisted in poses that a contortionist would be envious
of! As it is, was halfway through and had that 'I will not be beaten'
attitude. Bugger it!
did/doing mine with the eco stuff to get wrid of most of the old paint.
Using a small amount of nitro with wire wool to clean up the rest.
The rust coloured 3m sanding wheels are very good at removing paint but
leaving wood especially along moulded sections, although they make ALOT of
Are you planning on having them stripped or re-painting?
Used that Home Strip (TM) stuff to remove all the varnish and for the
most part it did a good job. Not allowed to use nitro in this case but
since She has used caustic in the past, it was 'suggested' to me!
I've, for the most part, taken the varnish off and back to wood. Plan to
wax them once they've been cleaned.
About 10% is usual. If possible use a synthetic fibre brush as ordinary
bristle won't last 5 minutes. Gloves (without holes) essential.
I wouldn't bother.
If the original varnish is soluble in caustic (drop some bits of it in the
caustic and see) it's a good way to clean up and make the surface more
uniform. If it's polyurethane or something modern, forget it. Caustic will
darken the wood a little but this can be reversed and a really nice look
created with peroxide. Briwax P7 would be my choice of wax.
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