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Old 06-24-2014, 12:29 AM   #1
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Good chemicals for stripping stain and sealing wood?


I'm getting tired of sanding my kitchen cabinet doors. What types/brands of strippers do you guys use to get rid of polyurethane covered stain, and what kind of sealers do you use on the woods afterwards? Before you restain them.

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I don't know what strippers are 'hot' right now---I have used 'Marine strip' in the past with good results---sanding will still be needed--do not use water to rinse off cabinet doors--the water will damage the joints.

Never use a sealer when staining stripped work---just stain the raw,sanded doors---stain works by soaking into the wood---wipe off all excess --

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Most chemical strippers will darken the wood. If you have part of the set sanded already, might be best to stick it out and finish sanding.
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A few other things that can make it easier is using a quality sand paper of the proper grit.
I buy all my paper on Amazon. The brand Mirka is the one I use.
Does not seem to load up like other brands and it's cheaper per piece then the box store.

#2, Using the right sander makes a big difference. 99% of the time I'm using a random orbital sander. I've seen people trying to use a pad or a Mouse style sander for this job and it's way to slow for me.
You can not even get course sand paper for them to begin the stripping process.
There fine for a fine finish or detail work.
#3, Let the sander do the work, pressing down hard is going to slow the sanding action, and heat up the poly, melting it and clogging it up.
If I'm going to strip I use a citrus or soy based stripper.
They may be a little slower, but I'm not going to have to deal with chemical burns or loosing an eye.
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I'm slow on the curves and indentations in the cabinet doors. Even with fingertips it is hard to get the sandpaper to match the curves and the corners.
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Calls for a mild rant about the "new improved" purple sandpaper at big box! To stiff and heavy. To sand detail and contours unlike the stuff it replaced!!! Ron
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Citristrip is THE BUSINESS! find it at HD or Lowes.

It WILL dry out your skin. It WILL wreak havoc on latex gloves. Thick chemical-resistant gloves are necessary.

The MSDS does say that it can cause skin and eye burns.
http://www.wmbarr.com/ProductFiles/C...%205-28-09.pdf

But, it's far more pleasant to work with, as compared to Jasco. Hell, you can use it in a closed room, without getting the fuzzy head syndrome.

Did I mention that it's THE BUSINESS?
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All great tips guys!
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My dad is a massive carpentry fanatic!

he would love to answer some of these questions. I recently bought him a wood brand so he could start labelling all his work. He couldn't be happier haha

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