Removing Dark Stain


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Old 12-27-10, 02:19 PM
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Removing Dark Stain

Hello,

I have a really nice old wooden school desk (prob. 25+ years old) that I want to finish for my daughter. The desk currently has a very dark stain. I would like to sand/strip the desk down to the bare wood and restain a lighter color, perhaps to match her light maple wood dresser which is a natural wood stain color. Anyway, was wondering if anyone here can provide some general guidance on how to attack this project - from sandpaper grit to a really good stain, sealer, overall process, etc. Never did this before so any feedback will be beneficial. Thanks much

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Old 12-27-10, 02:32 PM
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You'll need to strip the existing finish first, let's start with that
 
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Old 12-27-10, 02:37 PM
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It's easier to go dark than to go lighter so you need to make double sure all the existing finish is removed. Generally this is best accomplished starting out with a chemical stripper and finishing up with sand paper. Always sand with the direction of the grain. Cross sanding will show up as unsightly scratches in the new finish

Minwax stains and poly are decent products that are easy to find. There are many other brands that will also do a good job.
 
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Old 12-27-10, 05:41 PM
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what do you recommend to use as a stripper? thanks fc
 
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Old 12-28-10, 05:29 AM
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MEK - methyl ethyl ketone

Nasty stuff but it's the best product for stripping a finish
 
 

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