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to strip or not to strip?

Postby helentherasa » Wed Aug 01, 2007 3:45 pm

Hi all,

I have just bought an Edwardian Satin wood chest of drawers from an on line auction site, suffice to say that when they arrived it was immediately apparent that they need more than just a little TLC.

The Varnish (especially on the top) is stained, chipped, roughened, gouged etc. Would stripping be the answer and if so what would be the best treatment afterwards?

Any advice would be gratefully received.

Thank you in advance.

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Postby polarbear » Sun Aug 05, 2007 2:26 pm

I would suggest stripping all the old varnish of with nitromorse varnish remover,make sure you use gloves as it burns , to get the really stubborn marks out only use medium course steel wool or medium grade sandpaper so as not to mark the old wood not forgetting to only rub down in the direction of the wood,not against the grain of the wood as it will show when you re apply.
I would suggest either using a teak oil or a clear varnish to re coat, one or the other NOT BOTH,the oil would be the best thing for the wood as it still lets it breath and brings out more of the old woods natural beauty.
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