What next? Refinishing old dresser

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Old 01-04-12, 09:45 PM
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What next? Refinishing old dresser

My wife brought home a 60-70 year old dresser that has been in her family since it belonged to her father.

After removing 3 layers of paint, I am down to the original wood/stain. How do I go about removing the remaining paint that is in the grain (not much at all), and the old stain and varnish so I can restain everything?

I was thinking mineral spirits and steel wool, sand with a 120-150 grit, then work my way up to a 220 or so before staining.

Any suggestions?
 
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Old 01-05-12, 06:38 AM
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I take it you used a chemical stripper but it didn't remove the stain??

I doubt mineral spirits will be all that effective but using lacquer thinner or MEK should work. You'll want some fresh air ventilation.
 
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MEK is my thought (ingredient, not brand name)
 
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Old 01-05-12, 04:11 PM
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MEK [methyl ethyl ketone] is a solvent. Several different companies sell it. Most paint stores carry it and I think it's also available at big box stores. Hardware stores might stock it.
 
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