We have an old end table that needs refinishing. It is stained and in
places the wood has darkened considerably.
My question is what can I use to bleach the wood that while not
returning it to the blond color of some of the 1950's pieces at least
will bring it back to the natural wood color.
Once we get the color problem taken care of we will finish it in the
If it's not veneered, try lacquer thinner. I took all the finish off
Mom's old dining set with that in a solvent-proof squirt bottle. The
squirt bottle allows you to physically flush the pigment out of each
pore. Caution: This takes freakin' forever, so wear really good
gloves and breathing apparatus with good ventilation.
Remove the finish any way you can: stripper, thinner, sanding. Try
mineral spirits if you want, for a milder test solvent, but lacquer
thinner works really well.
Use long-cuffed thick nitrile or rubber gloves. Thin nitrile and latex
dissolve way too quickly with lacquer thinner.
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