How should I strip dark brown stain from a 60+ yo table?

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08-18-2010 12:08 AM

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I have my Grandmother’s 1944 Oak dining room set. My Mother stained it back in the 80’s a dark brown. It’s so dark and thick it looks like paint.
My Mom stripped the chairs years ago and I had them for a while before I restored them and stained them Gunstock. But the table is still brown.
What stripper should I use?
It has a lot of decorative flowers and vines on the sides. I don’t care if I use something stinky or nasty because I’m going to strip it out in the carport. Is there something better than the Orange stuff? That’s what my Mom used on the chairs and it took FOREVER. I don’t really want to leave the table out there in the carport for a week trying to strip it.

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#1 posted 08-18-2010 12:27 AM

“Zip Strip” in the yellow can.
I have a very ornate entry oak door and sidelights that were weathered and darkened over about 20 years. I got a ridiculous quote of $3k to have the three pieces stripped and refinished. That was enough incentive to remove the doors and do it myself.
This stuff works great. Use a scraper and steel wool, (even a steel wool-like toothbrush) for the nooks and cranny’ s.
I was able to strip, stain and poly the three pieces in a couple of days. Total cost was about $40.00 in materials.

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#2 posted 08-18-2010 01:03 AM

I vote for “Zip Strip” in the yellow can as well, I’ve had good results with it on a carved front door.. After sanding, You might also have to bleach out some of the remaining color.

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#3 posted 08-18-2010 01:15 AM

Thats 3 for Zip Strip. I’ve had good luck with it on past refinishing projects.

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#4 posted 08-18-2010 02:26 AM

NIce to know.

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#5 posted 08-20-2010 06:03 PM

Allrighty. Thanks guys. I will give it a try!

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#6 posted 08-20-2010 07:58 PM

If the stripper doesn’t take the stain out, I have used Clorox Bleach often. I find it works as good as the expensive wood bleaches.


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