Lew, my last post seemed to be critical of your comments, but that was
not my intention and I appologize if I seemed rude, that way. You did
have a valid points.
Additionally, if I may: Stripping may not be as troubling, these
days, as in the past. For those in the business, they are set up for
stripping large pieces and many of them, in as short of time as
possible. Old stripping techniques was and is a messy and sometimes
tedious job. In some cases, these days, it may not be so bad, nor as
messy, nor as time consuming..... especially for DIYers. In the past,
many folks, including myself, hated the idea of stripping a piece,
Today, there are a few strippers that cleanup with soap and water....
much easier and not as messy a job as with a stripper that requires
mineral spirits cleanup. Don't be dissuaded by the idea of using
water as part of the cleanup process. A little water on wood will not
damage any reasonable wood, but one does have to be careful with
veneers and other laminates. Nor will water, at this stage, affect
subsequent stain or finish applications.
Another idea: Don't look at a stripping job in whole. Viewing the
whole project will sometimes overwhelm you and your plan of attack.
An analogy: When making/building a cabinet from scratch, each small
task is performed, in turn, and before you know it, it is complete.
Attack the stripping task in the same way, i.e., not one big task, but
several small ones. It'll be much more manageable.
For your next anticipated stripping job, try KleanStrip spray
stripper, the soap & water cleanup kind. The spray gets into nooks &
crannies much better than a liquid stripper. It sprays on as a foam
and stays liquid longer than other strippers, hence, it will work for
a longer time, without drying out while you wait for it to work. It
is of good chemical strength for stripping most finishes, without
having to apply multiple/subsequent applications of stripper.
For a chair size project, your work area need be only a scrap half-
sheet of plywood or a large (appliance) cardboard, or something
similar. Tools: Medium to large stiff scrub brush, a small scrub
brush, a roll of paper towels, a hand towel size rag/cloth, a 5 gallon
bucket of dish-soapy water and a handy trash can.
Spray half the "chair", allow ten minutes, then scrub the piece. Once
the finish has been lifted, wipe off the sludge with paper towels,
then alternately wash the piece with the rag/cloth and, if need be,
scrub some areas needing wash-scrubbing. Wash and scrub the piece as
you would your auto tires. Rinse with fresh water. Wipe dry and
spray the remainder of the "chair" and repeat the process. Not
counting the waiting time for the stripper to work, a chair size
project will take 15 minutes to scrub, wash and rinse. Compared to
mineral spirits cleanup, used paper towels won't be so toxic, sludge
won't be so toxic, wash waste overflow onto the driveway, on your lawn
or whereever won't be so toxic, cleanup is a breeze.
For a large furniture piece: For large flat areas, work about a 10 sq
ft area at a time. For intricate areas or turnings/spindles, work 3-5
sq ft at a time.