Cloudy Wood

Old 07-06-05, 02:03 PM
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Cloudy Wood


After stripping 6 layers of paint off an antique mahogany dresser, and washing the wood with mineral spirits, the wood appears cloudy.

What should I do to remove the cloudy appearance from the wood?

Old 07-07-05, 05:12 AM
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Sounds like the initial layer of paint has been dissolved and settled in the grain of the wood.

Mineral spirits (paint thinner) is not what I suggestfor a wash after stripping - wash it down again using 0000 steel wool and lacquer thinner; then wipe with clean rags and/or paper towels, again using lacquer thinner.
Old 07-07-05, 12:48 PM
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The cloudiness is most likely paint residue. Have you sanded it yet? After stripping a piece sanding is the next step. I know that will remove anything that is still on the wood before refinishing. Remember some tack cloths as well to remove the dust from sanding.
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Old 07-28-05, 07:32 AM
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I want to thank you all for the help. The lacquer thinner worked great and the pieces look wonderful.

Thanks again

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