Refinishing old cabinetry


Old 01-23-00, 05:57 AM
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I am currently trying to strip old cabinets (house was built in mid-1800's). I've been using a citrus-type product which removed the many layers of paint <7 in all!> but there is one final layer of old stain that I am having difficulty bringing off. The wood I can see beneath it appears to be knotty pine. Should I sand the last stain layer? Then use more remover? Once it is removed what is the best type of product to use to seal the cabinetry without adding color?
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Deborah Ricci
Waterport, NY
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Old 01-23-00, 03:57 PM
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Stripper of any kind has only a minimal effect on stain. You could sand, but I'd suggest using a bleach, instead. If ordinary household bleach doesn't lighten the wood up enough, try oxalic acid. It comes in a powder form which you dissolve in hot water and brush on. It's available at any good paint store

George T.

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