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Old 08-23-2008, 12:59 PM   #1
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Pine varnish removal


Hi, I am trying to remove varnish off of a pine bed. The reason I am removing it is that we are going with a darker stain. I have tried sanding it with 100grit paper but it seems to gum up the sand paper really quick. What is the best way to remove the varnish? Should I use a lower grit or possibly do chemical strip?

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Old 08-23-2008, 01:40 PM   #2
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You're sandpaper is gumming up because you're sanding varnish.

You'd be best off to take the bed apart and strip the varnish off of it with a paint stripper that contains methylene chloride as the active ingredient. Paint strippers that call themselves "citrus" strippers or say that the active ingredient is d-Limonene only work OK on latex paints.

Once you strip the varnish off, then you'll have to sand the wood quite a bit to remove the surface layer that has the existing stain in it. Then you can restain the wood and apply a clear coat on top.

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