Step Cleaning the Surface

Have a wide-mouthed can available. As you scrape away the surface material, deposit it in the can. Don't allow this residue. which is chemically active, to drop to the floor, or to fall on your clothing or

The stripper is laid on with a brush in a thick layer, and allowed to stand for pe[haps 15 minutes. The material will cause the paint to blister and wrinkle.

After the stripper has worked on a layer, and after scraping, use steel wool to remove the paint and break up the next layer.

Slowly the old paint comes off. Under the white, there is a light brown and a darker brown coat, which are difficult to see here

The stain has made each of the woods a different color Apply second coats to the lighter woods To lighten the seat, wipe it with paint thinner to remove some stain

A dark oak stain has been chosen for this piece because it has a nice appearance and because it will minimize the distressing

When the old paint sgone the chair is ready tor a good sanding. The seat and back are of oak the rest is unidentifiable.

Awiping down with the tack cloth follows sano-ng. Because of the visible dings and dents, no distressing will be needed

A dark oak stain has been chosen for this piece because it has a nice appearance and because it will minimize the distressing shoes. When all of the softened finish has been scraped off, use a piece of old toweling soaked in cool water to wash the surface clean.

Water is an enemy of wood, and for good furniture this rinse may not be a good idea. It may raise the grain or cause water stains. For furniture of this type, after scraping off the old finish, rub the surface with a dry coarse cloth (burlap or toweling) or go over it with steel wool. Use an awl or other sharp pointed instrument to clean any residue out of corners, cracks and joints. Clean out carvings.

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