Bleaching oak furniture

Old 02-27-10, 06:43 AM
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Question Bleaching oak furniture

I have a solid oak dining table that is stained a medium to dark color and then finished, with some faux wormholes,etc. thrown in for effect. I want to sand the finish and stain off the tabletop and then bleach it. (I'm planning on painting the chairs and the table legs.) Is it possible/advisable to bleach previously-stained oak furniture?
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It is best to remove the finish with a chemical remover to keep the overall color even. Sanding will cause an uneven appearance to the top.
If you strip the table with chemicals, the biggest majority of the stain will be drawn out during the stripping process. Wash off the residue of the remover using denatured alcohol and wipe down with a clean rag.
Sand the entire top using 220 garnet paper using a sanding block to assure that you use even pressure.
To further lighten the table, wash down the top with household bleach and rinse thoroughly afterwards using warm water and a cotton rag.

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