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Re: Beginner needs advice

Posted By: James Schooley <furnitureissues@earthlink.net> (0-1pool246-8.nas2.sioux-city1.ia.us.da.qwest.net)
Date: 7/13/5 04:34

In Response To: Beginner needs advice (Chase Collins)

Yes and yes, the finish should all be off, either by the time you are done stripping or when you are done sanding. If you want a good job you want to remove all you can get to, however a tiny bit of old finish in a deep groove will not ruin the results. The steel wool is good for baring the wood, as is a solvent wash when the stripping is complete, with lacquer thinner or alcohol, to get more of the silicone out of the grain. I like to use a saw dust (scrumble) instead of steel wool to soak up softened paint, then use a stiff brush to clean it out of the details and apply more stripper finishing up with coarse twine in the grooves and turned rings on legs and the like. Once the stripping is complete the steel wool can wait till the finishing process.

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