Set Up a Work Area

Take the piece of furniture to the work area and arrange everything so you can work conveniently. For example, to avoid stooping or getting down on your knees, put the furniture on supports such as saw-horses. There is much less chance for an accident. Arrange a table or bench to hold chemicals. The materials should be conveniently placed, but not so close to the work that you might bump. Clear away anything you might trip or stumble over. Make sure everything you need — chemicals, cloths, steel wool, scraping tools — is there and ready to go. Arrange for sufficient light; you do not want to have to peer so closely your nose ends up in the chemical.

Before stripping furniture, make a scraper that minimizes gouging. Buy a standard paint scraper and grind the corners round with a grinding wheel

HOW TO STRIP Once the work area OFF THE OLD and tools have been FINISH set up, the work will proceed quickly. However, even before beginning the work, you will discover a major advantage of chemical stripping: the tools and materials needed either are inexpensive, or are likely to be those you already have on hand.

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