I have a armoire made from oak (ply and solid) that is finished much too dark for the rest of the pieces. What is the best way to removed the finish and stain? Can I just sand it off or do I need to use a stripper of some sort. It's a medium oak stain with some sort of polyurethane type finish....I wish to get to something closer to a natural finish...Thanks
Strippers will get off a lot of what you want removed, sanding the rest. But the top layer on plywood is thin and won't take a lot of sanding. And oak grain is very rutty and difficult to get all the stain/finsh out. Stripper and a sodft bristle brush might be the best thing on the plywood, before lightly sanding.
You might need to bleach the wood to lighten it up. As Bill said, the plywood pieces will sand through the veneer layer long before it gets to unstained wood. They make bleach especially for wood, but it's application and control has a learning curve. I would practice on some scrap pieces before the furniture.
Ok bought stipper specifically labeled for stain and finish removing. I will give it a try and see if I can get enough of the stain color out without having to resort to bleach. It will be up against a wall so I can practice on the backside before trying.....Thanks for the help...Rohey