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Old 06-12-2008, 12:37 PM   #1
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Planning in restaining newels & handrails a darker color. Is there a stripping product you would recommend to use before sanding? I think the old stain & poly are water based. I assume a different product if oil based?

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Are the pieces removed for stripping?

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My problem is that if I try to remove the newels & handrails I'll damage them & then need to replace them, so thought first I'd try to strip, sand & refinish. The present stain is in fact oil base.
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As local regs and product availability differ, I'd recommend going to a real paint store (not a chain hardware store or big box home center) and ask for the best stripper available in your area for your specific project
With a little luck they may have something that works well fr you application

I feel I must warn you that even if they have something that works it will be messy, stinky, and time consuming
And leave you with a lovely large blob of hazardous waste to get rid of
...and you still might need a fair amount of mechanical removal (sanding)
...and that's the "Best Case"
Not that you shouldn't do it...just a Heads Up
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Thanks Slick. I'm TRYING to talk the wife out of changing stain color.
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