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Re: paint in oak grain

Posted By: Greg Scholl <beatkat@adelphia.net> (67-22-200-210.albyny.adelphia.net)
Date: 6/21/5 21:34

In Response To: paint in oak grain (Mary Howes)

Oak is a pain when it comes to removing paint...a few ideas are using a brass bristled wire brush to scrub the last coat of remover with, using a water rinsable MC stripper and scrub brushing with water also on the last coat of remover after you've removed all the surface paint with steel wool...then you can use a Gel stain to help hide the white pores or a dark colored pore filler...the latter of which is a little harder to use, but might be more effective..I like Bartley's Antique Pine Gel stain on oak..it is heavy bodied enough to stay in the pores and has a nice amber color on oak. After it dries you can use a piece of steel wool to lighten and highlight the surface of the oak and the pores will stay darker...they also make a couple of Oak stains..American and Golden. The Bartley Paste varnish is also an excellent choice for chairs...foolproof way to get a beautiful tough finish by wiping on.....

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