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Old 02-13-2009, 09:04 AM   #1
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How to strip poly/stained woodwork?


I have standard run-of-the-mill colonial door and window casing/moulding (I already removed all the baseboards) that are stained with a dark wood stain and coated with poly. I want to prep and ready them for regular white interior paint. I know I don't need to strip them down to the bare wood and I don't mind putting in the effort, but does anyone have suggestions to make the job easier and cleaner? For instance, to cut down on the dust from sanding? Any suggestions would be appreciated!

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How to strip poly/stained woodwork?


i'd use a stripper to remove old varnish, lightly sand and then primer and paint. it depends on the type of baseboard too. lots of grooves means more work to remove gunk.
(kinda off topic, but might help--->) i'm making my own casings/baseboards/moldings/trim from flat walnut and routing the edge(s). any repair/refinishing will be much easier. also, i'm countersinking and screwing it all on so removing it to paint walls is a breeze! and all pieces are numbered/lettered so they go back to the right places.

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