Do It Yourself Furniture Refinishing
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Stripping was our name and stripping was our game. . .according to some.
We moved our business several times because we kept running out of room.
One of the buildings we moved to was next door to a tavern. One of our first
loop legged visitors from next door stopped to ask my wife where the nearest
drug store was, he needed some aspirin. After she gave him directions for
aspirin, he asked how to get back to the freeway to Seattle, he kind of had a
memory lapse. Just then our daughter who was about 5 or 6 at the time came
running up and said, "My Mommy strips". The guy looked kind of thunder struck
and said, "I don't think I'll touch that one", and left.
Woodcraft Woodworking Plus More
See our Furniture Stripping Basic page for bare bones information with more information about paint stripper.
Paint StripperLots of people will disagree with me, but stripping products are kind of six of one and half a dozen of another.
Some will work good on some finishes and
others will work good on other finishes, but try the cheapest first, because
the ones that are most expensive are the ones you see most in magazines and
other ad media, so you pay a lot for their advertising rather than a better
product. Our favorites were among the cheapest.
Let The Paint Stripper Do The Work
If you're working hard and getting frustrated because the finish won't come off, it's probably because you aren't letting the remover do its work. Some times it is necessary to put several coats on before the old finish is ready to come off. If you try scraping the old finish off before it is ready you waste paint stripper and energy. Use a scraper with rounded corners. If the remover laden finish dries before you get back to it, it can be reactivated with another application.
Gloves can be a nuisance when you're stripping furniture, but they sure make
things better for your hide. Gauntlet gloves that can be turned up can save
you some extra exercise, dancing around because stripper ran up to your elbow
on to the more tender skin.
Eye protection is always a good idea when you're working with chemicals or anything foreign that may fly into your eyes. All it takes is just one little fleck of stripper laden paint in your eye to burn and sting like the dickens.
Read a Good Book
It's always good to have another project going when you're stripping to keep you occupied, because stripping is boring rather than labor intensive. Furniture stripping is a good time to catch up on that good book you've been going to read, or write a letter. Let the stripper sit and do it's job and enjoy yourself while you're waiting.
Flat surfaces are quite easy to strip, but spindles can be kind of tricky.
This is where you need to counter with some tricks of your own. First, strip
the heavy stuff off, then on to the final stripping step. Pieces of burlap or other coarse cloth work good on spindles,
worked around, back and forth on softened finish. String or rough twine is also
good for tight turnings. One of our most used tools was a piece of dowel about
the size of a pencil, sharpened in a pencil sharpener. It's good for the
grooves in turnings, cracks, gouges and lots of other uses.
Stripping pads are very useful too. They're about equivalent to burlap and can
be rinsed out and reused until they come apart.
Use a commercial after paint stripper wash, such as Citristrip Wash or denatured alcohol,
and 0000 steel wool as a final wash. Let the piece dry thoroughly
(overnight is best) then rub it all down with 0000 steel wool to remove flecks
of wax and to check to be sure that all of the old finish is gone. Almost all
strippers have wax in them which forms a skim on top to slow evaporation. The
0000 steel wool rub also prepares the surface for a new finish. More about finishes later.
Disposal Of Waste Products
Be very careful of disposal of your paint stripper waste products,
towels, rags, etc. A pile of rags with residue of flammable material can catch
fire by spontaneous combustion. It's best to keep a bucket of water handy to
throw used paper towels and rags in and another container to hold the gloopy
stripped residue or other finish until you're ready to dispose of them.
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