I would really like to strip the dark varnish from my banister & spindles & wonder if there is an easy way to do it?! Is it a case of using a stripping product or can I sand it. I know its going to take a bit of time & patience & just wonder if anyone out there has any tips. My house is about 20 years old so I'm hoping the wood will be of a reasonable quality.
Home Strip paint and varnish remover which is on the projects page under striping paint is the best thing for this job. It will remove the old varnish no problem at all and with no fumes and skin burns it is a treat to work with.
Sanding turned newel posts and spindles will result in light and dark colours in the wood as you will not be able to sand evenly.
You can paint this stuff on and leave it an hour (varnish ocmes off really quickly) AND USING A BOWL OF HOT SOAPY WATER AND A STAINLESS STEEL SOCURING BALLL wrap the scouring ball around the spindles and take the varnish straight off..
I have used Home Strip many times and it is such a wonderful product to wotk with unlike the solvent type products that can kill you....
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