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Re: Removing Polyurethane from Oak Treads

Posted By: James Schooley <furnitureissues@earthlink.net> (0-1pool246-11.nas2.sioux-city1.ia.us.da.qwest.net)
Date: 4/4/5 01:47

In Response To: Re: Removing Polyurethane from Oak Treads (Gail)

If the poly has not had a long time to set you can soften it with a solvent such as lacquer thinner or acetone. While poly is still setting it can be broken down with vinegar, the less toxic method the better. Once hard the poly resin can be extremly hard to soften, I have been able to remove poly where possible with a low flame, this isn't always a good idea for some surfaces. Where drips or glue is concerned and a little water to keep thing cool it can be a good last resort. Don't get too carried away though a little pressure with a blunt edge knife or a sharp piece of wood will often pop a drip from a less porus surface.

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