Changing wood colour - help please


Postby allylo » Fri Mar 14, 2008 5:55 pm

I have recently moved house and all the doors, skirtings and w9indow frames are stained a dark mahogany colour. I want to change them all to a lighter tone -pine or light oak. What is the best way to do this? I read on another posting to scrape the stain off but that would take forever. Can I sand the stain off or do i need to replace all the wood? Any help or advice would be much appreciated please,
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Postby dermet » Sat Mar 29, 2008 7:52 pm

I HAD SAME PROBLEM WITH STAIR HANDRAIL HAVING A DARK STAIN COLOURING,TRIED SANDING BUT NO USE,STAIN SOAKS INTO THE WOOD UNLIKE PAINT WHICH SITS ON TOP SO IT CAN'T BE SANDED DOWN.I REPLACED THE HAND RAIL.
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Postby stevenc1603 » Thu Apr 10, 2008 3:31 pm

Been there and done it on three large windows in my place.

Took forever. I dismantled the windows surrounds and used a belt sander to get all the stain/varnish off. In all honesty it would have been faster and cheaper just buying the wood and doing them from scratch.

I also had to do the actual window frames too which was a major bind.

Never again!
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