Would this be an appropriate place to ask about removing stain from a
I have chemically stripped a cabinet, but most of the stain remains.
Can anyone recommend how to remove the stain without sanding
away the veneer?
If the stain was of the dye variety, it likely went into the veneer and you
are pretty much out of luck. Sometimes wiping with a solvent like alcohol
or lacquer thinner will lighten the stain. JG
Somtimes, only sometimes, you can pull more stain off the door by
mixing your stripper (not the water based stuff, the skull and
crossbones atomic danger stuff) and mix in either lacquer thinner or
alcohol, cutting your stripper by about 50%. Leave this on the piece
for about 5 minutes, working in small sections. Don't leave it on too
long as you can raise the veneer if it has already been stripped once.
When I have a door and trim I am refinishing, they are usually stained
with pigmented stuff so depending on what the solvent was for the
original stain one of those mixtures will work pretty well when used
with a vigorous scrubbing with a terry cloth rag.
But they are really removing more of the colored resin left behind by
the sealer your stripper left behind rather than the stain. You are
just getting the surface extra clean now. Try both mixtures on a
hidden spot. As JGS said, if it was dyed (if is is a piece from a
factory, I doubt it) you are screwed.
You may just need to put some kind ot toner on it to even it out and
let it go.
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