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Motorboat
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Furniture Refinishers--what is a good stripping product?

Wife bought some damn antique beds for my kids room and they need stripping and refinishing. Preliminary quotes from pros are expensive. I'll have some time after duck season.

What is best product to strip paint from old furniture? There are a bunch of applique details like rosettes and ropes.

after stripping, what kind of paint should I use and what method of application?

TIA


CoachChappy
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I have good luck with Citristrip. You can find it almost anywhere. Scrape it. Follow up with Mineral spirits.

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There are a bunch of applique details like rosettes and ropes.

Are those carved in or painted on?

This post was edited on 1/5 at 11:06 am


gumbo2176
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I've used Strip-Eze many times to remove finishes from furniture.

Apply it, let it sit for a while and wait until it bubbles up and use a scraper to remove as much as you can. For detail work, I use nylon bristle brushes and for fine stuff I use brass brushes the size of toothbrushes to get in tiny crevaces.

I also have a scraper set that has a dozen or so profiles that you can change out to the handle to fit most profiles you will find on furniture.

After you get the paint off, be sure to wipe the surface down with water to remove any residue and then allow to dry before sanding. Sand smooth and if painting, I like to use an oil base primer/sealer, sand again, wipe down to remove any dust and then top coat at least 2 coats.

ETA: Just be sure to use rubber gloves when fooling with Strip-Eze as it will get to some people's tender hands.
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Motorboat
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quote:

Are those carved in or painted on?


Carved but likely glued on. They are raised, not painted.


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Cowboyfan89
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quote:

I have good luck with Citristrip

I haven't used this yet, but it was recommended to me by a friend who has.

Pretty safe stuff in it, too.


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