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Old 08-07-2011, 03:50 PM   #1
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Repainting old dresser/oil stain?

My husband and i have spent many hours sanding an old painted dresser down to the wood. We uncovered a beautiful tiger striped wood veneer. It wasn't in great shape so the plan was to prime and paint.
Second half of the story. The drawer slides were broken so we took the dresser to a well meaning friend who has a wood shop. We fixed the slides but in the process of doing this he tried to talk me into staining the top, which was followed by a demonstration of applying linseed oil with some type of wax. My husband and i stood in horror as we knew this was going to be bad news when we went to paint.
I sanded and cleaned and tried to get it up. I crossed my fingers and applied the primer. No such luck, it comes right off. So my question is what in the world do i do now? I have sanded and sanded and sanded and i can't seem to get under the oil. Does anyone have any ideas? How to clean the oil or what to put over it to cover.


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Old 08-07-2011, 04:17 PM   #2
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If he put a wax on- a solvent like mineral spirits or lacquer thinner will clean it off. Hopefully he used boiled linseed and not raw. Raw will almost never dry.
Either way , really good wipe with solvent, then slow oil primer.
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Thanks! I sanded some more and did what you said, it looked better after it had dried for a few hours so I tried again with the primer we shall see if it will stick this time. Thanks
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