refinishing birch

Old 12-20-07, 07:11 AM
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refinishing birch

I recently purchased a dresser and two nightstands that appear to be birch veneer with a clear coat finish. I would like to know the steps nesscessary to strip them and then apply a dark cherry stain if possible. Any help would be appreciated.

Old 12-20-07, 10:03 AM
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You need to be able to set aside an area for this work so the pieces will remain in place until completed. Newspaper on the floor, etc. Old clothes and/or a shop apron would not be out of place.

A good stripper will run $15-20 a gallon. Look at the instructions and follow them carefully.

Birch is not as difficult to stain as maple, but close. Choose a stain color that is correct, but a darker shade than you want. This is will allow you to put stain on, wipe down quickly to check the color, then immediately reapply if needed. Follow instructions on the stain label.

Polyurethane is a good durable finish, and the choice of most DIYers. Again, follow the directions .

Any more specific questions, come on back

Good luck!
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Since the current finish is clear, might get good results with less work by applying tinted polyurethane over what's there instead of stripping and starting over.
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Give this a try

Find a good paint supply store or woodworkers store & you can get very good spray lacquers that are tinted, use them to tint the piece, then lightly sand & use a clear lacquer to protect the color.Home Depot,Lowes & Ace have the clear some have tinted.To see if it is a lacquer finish just take a little thinner on a rag & test a small spot to see if it softens it at all. With good prep work,use latex gloves,sand everything very well with some 320 grit paper,stain any exposed wood lightly with some Natural stain,let dry & wipe down good before applying lacquer, sanding between coats & not applying too heavy you can get professional results.Read the can, do not try to use lacquer if it is in a cold area or the pieces you are spraying are cold, the area & item needs to be 70 degrees.If you did & they "blushed" which is turning white go back to the paint supply & get some Mohawk Blush remover, scuff with a grey scotch pad & spray lightly in a warm space this time.Good luck.

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