Dresser question

Old 04-19-02, 07:45 AM
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Dresser question

I'm refinishing an oak dresser (varnish, no paint) and have a question. I can't seem to remove the varnish from the sides of the top piece. I've used denatured alcohol, stripper, steel wool, scrubbies, brass brush, tooth brush, everything I can think of. Does anyone have any suggestions? I've run into this problem before with end pieces of tables. Two sides strip well and two don't.
Old 04-19-02, 04:06 PM
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If you're dealing with a clear finish that's orginal to the piece (factory applied) you're dealing with lacquer - not varnish.

A 50:50 mix of lacquer thinner and denatured alcohol hasn't failed me yet in removing stubborn lacquer finihes - and it's cheaper than any decent stripper I know of.

Use with 00 steel wool and work on about 1 square foot area at a time. Since you're dealing with a very thin liquid here, it would help if you can stand the dresser on one end and work on the other - keep your working surface horizontal, in other words.
Old 04-20-02, 05:15 AM
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The finish I'm dealing with is dark not clear but why am I only having problems on 2 sides? It seems like it's always the 2 sides that are cut across the grain.

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