In most cases it's certainly one of the major ingredients; either that or
toluene. For the purposes of thinning lacquer you do want to use lacquer
thinners as recommended by the manufacturer of the lacquer (and not acetone),
but for the purposes of dissolving gunk like old finishes, acetone usually
works just as well as lacquer thinner and is most likely cheaper too.
"Our beer goes through thousands of quality Czechs every day."
(From a Shiner Bock billboard I saw in Austin some years ago)
Seems that paint stripper will be the way to go. A little household bleach
did lighten the test piece somewhat ... I may post a picture of the
"liberated" wood to ask what kind of wood it is.
One more product recommendation to try: Goo-gone.
DON'T CONFUSE THIS WITH GOOF-OFF
Despite the similar names, they are very different products. Goo-gone
is an orange colored and scented petroleum-based cleaner that is
relatively mild. Available at HD, grocery stores, etc. I have used it
to clean kitchen cabinets with year's of greasy deposits, with no
damage to the finish. But you would need to try on an inconspicuous
place, of course, since YMMV. This might be less radical than some of
the other suggestions you have received, so might be a good first try,
and if it doesn't work, on to other choices.
Alex -- Replace "nospam" with "mail" to reply by email. Checked infrequently.
I'm having trouble understanding how you can address the lightness or
darkness of the wood before you remove the finish and/or stain and see
what is actually under there. No bleaching product will lighten the/a
dark finish/stain, if that is what is being considered.
I may be misunderstanding something, too, as I initially did.
Thanks, Sonny. I understand. We may be a little freaky, in that we do NOT
like dark wood. Since this may be something dark, whatever the exact wood
name, we'd want to lighten it as easily as can be done.
More later ...
On Tue, 15 Mar 2011 11:03:19 -0400, "Lee Michaels"
<leemichaels*nadaspam* at comcast dot net> wrote:
Plus the new dark kitchens (cabs and counters) require several
_kilowatts_ of lighting to make them habitable or mildly friendly.
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