Step Follow Up

Allow the furniture to dry for 24 hours. Examine it. You'll probably find areas where some finish remains, and there will be bits of old finish clinging here and there. Use an awl or ice pick to dig any remaining Finish out of corners and crevices. Then sand the entire piece with medium grade sandpaper. Wear your mask for this job, since the dust may contain dried chemicals.

Don't use steel wool for this job. Steel wool, and especially fine grades of steel woo!, can have a polishing effect on hardwood. literally closing the pores to future stains you may want to put on. Use sandpaper, beginning with the medium grade. Before you apply the finish, you'll want to sand again with finer grades to achieve the greatest smoothness.

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

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

RESTORING OR You won t know in RETAINING THE advance what kind CURRENT STAIN of a problem you will encounter in regard to the coloring stain on your furniture once the finish is off. There are a dozen different kinds of stain that may have been used. Some of these will come off with the finish, leaving you with clean wood. Some absolutely will not come off at all. And some will come off partly, leaving splotches.

If the wood is clean, there is no problem. If the stain was untouched by the remover, there also is no problem — at least not if you intend to restore the piece to the same color it had before. A new finish coat can be applied over the old stain wih no trouble.

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