Finding out which wood stripping method to use, and how to contain the debris, makes a messy job cleaner, safer, and more effective. Everyone knows that the simplest way to rejuvenate a tired surface is to put on a fresh coat of paint. Eventually, however, all new paint becomes old paint. Whether it cracks and blisters or just forms a lumpy blanket of pigments and binders, it begs to come off.
Long before crazy do-it-yourselfers like me came along with paint brushes in hand to paint over wood —GASP! It was fun! I bet you never even considered this question before, have you? We get so caught up in how to do it that we forget that not every piece of wood furniture needs to be stripped. Can you strip furniture by sanding? However, I have refinished several dressers where I simply sanded the top down or the body and skipped the chemical strippers.
That piece of wood furniture you bought is a treasure, a gem hidden under layers of paint. Now if you could just remove that paint, you would be in business. Gorgeous hardwood will beam through, ready to receive lustrous varnish or even paint again, but the kind of paint it deserves. The best way to remove paint from wood furniture is the one that balances your desire for fully stripped furniture with your patience and tolerance for chemicals and scraping. Stripping paint from wood furniture is never easy.
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