I want to strip the varnish off a solid pine coffee table I've been
given. I'm a bit of a novice and don't know whether to initially use a
chemical stripper or electric (vibrating plate) sander. I know that once
I've got the worse off I'll have to hand sand it with increasingly fine
paper to get it smooth prior to retreating.
Depends how thick the varnish is and how nice the wood below is.
I have even left things out in the rain for a few weeks to do the worst of
the stripping by nature. Then, get a chemical or blow lamp on it if the
paint/varnish is really thick.
Otherwise, if a very fine coat, just sand it.
Do not re-varnish it - looks crap. Instead buy some Danish Oil or similar
and oil it. The finished effect will be much nicer.
Remember that pine is a wood that goes DARKER with exposure to light, as
opposed to most other wood going ligher.
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