Sanding vs. Stripping first?


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Old 07-18-04, 05:57 AM
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Question Sanding vs. Stripping first?

I've got an ugly, heavy, pecan dresser -- terrible color stain and finish -- that I want to strip. I've got the chem. stripper and hand-power sanders. I usuallly slather on the stripper and then sand later...but what's preventing me from just sanding right off the bat all the large, easy-to-sand areas first, then, doing the difficult areas with stripper afterwards???
 
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Old 07-18-04, 08:04 AM
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It may be a pecan veneer covering.
If you sand too much you risk going through the veneer.
Stripping first and then lightly sanding the surface may still be the best method.

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Old 07-18-04, 09:22 AM
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sand vs. strip

It's not veneer, I know that much...it's solid. So, would you still recommend stripping entire surface finish rather than power sanding the large-areas?
 
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Old 07-18-04, 09:40 AM
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The stripper is still more efficient and effective than sanding. You can limit sanding to preparing the piece for staining and finishing. Moreover, the stripper will remove the stain whereas standing will require sanding off the entire stained layer to remove the stain.
 
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Old 07-18-04, 10:30 AM
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I certainly agree with Chris.

Use a wide PLASTIC putty knife to remove the stripper after the dwell time.

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Old 07-20-04, 12:36 AM
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Sounds as though the dresser may be post WWII, & a lacquer finish.
If so, the "stain" may be in the lacquer, & not the wood itself.
Scrubbing with lacquer thinner soaked rags, steelwool or scotchbrite will strip the finish & stain quite easily. I've never seen any other than veneered pecan, so this piece may be older, & non lacquered.
 
 

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