removing a polyurethane mess

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Old 07-11-07, 10:16 PM
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removing a polyurethane mess

I recently bought an older home and am doing home repair as I can afford it, trying to do most of the work myself. The kitchen cabinets are awful, with what I am guessing is polyurethane with massive build-up, the vent in the kitchen didnít work so I think this is just years of heat and grim. Itís almost sticky in places. (Yes, I know lovely.) I was hoping to sand down and restain, but I started and it just seems like I am making more of a mess. Should I keep sanding or move on to a stripper. Any ideas are appreciated.
 
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Old 07-12-07, 04:38 AM
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The finish is most likely lacquer, not polyurethane. You're probably dealing with a finish that has deteriorated through accumulation of grease, etc., from cooking.

Stripping is where you need to go. Any good paint & varnish remover will take the finish off. To save yourself a little aggrevation, paint thinner and steel wool (and elbow grease!) will probably remove a lot of the deteriorated finish before you move on to a stripper to thoroughly clean the cabinets...
 
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