You will need the following materials to strip a piece of furniture: two wide-mouthed cans; a wide bladed paint scraper; a 3- or 4-inch paint brush or a cloth pad; toweling burlap or steel wool; an awl or other sharp pointed tool; and sandpaper of graduated grades.
A Word about Scrapers Scrapers are flat steel blades with handles. Scraper
Square corners on a scraper have a tendency to dig into wood softened by a paint stripper Round corners prevent unsightly gouges
Before stripping furniture, make a scraper that minimizes gouging. Buy a standard paint scraper and grind the corners round with a grinding wheel
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 blades are stiff, while spatula and other applicator blades are very flexible. Other than that, these look alike. The best blade for scraping is wide. We have found 4-inch blades to be the easiest to handle. You may want a second 1 -inch scraper for smaller areas such as legs. We have also found that the outer corners of scraper blades are sharp points. When the stripping chemical softens the finish, it also softens the wood under it slightly. It is very easy, when scraping up the sludge, to dig into the surface of the wood w ith the scraper and make cuts you must repair later.
To avoid this, we use a grinding wheel to grind the very sharp Corners down, rounding them slightly. The rounded corners won't gouge the wood surface. They also won't get into corners quite as well for scraping. So we grind the corners of the large scraper only, and leave the corners of the smaller scraper sharp.
Was this article helpful?
Ever wondered what wood turning is all about? Here are some invaluable information on how to make beautiful items out of wood! That one little strategy from A Course In Wood Turning that I implemented not only worked, but the results were completely astonishing. I had never seen anything like it! Now, keep in mind that I had tried a lot of other products up until this point. You name it, I probably tried it! That’s how desperate I was to improve my skills with wood turning.