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Forum topic by spike posted 02-16-2011 07:20 PM 821 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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spike

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02-16-2011 07:20 PM

ok, so i just bought charles neil’s wood conditioning to fight the blotches i was getting in staining cherry.
anyone give suggestions on the best way to remove the current coat of stain?
I was going to try rubbing it out with lacquer thinner…..any advise/tips/other ways to remove the current coat of stain? it’s minwax oil-based…..

thanks,
spike


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#1 posted 02-16-2011 07:29 PM

Normal minwax strains – not the poly and stain, can usually be removed with #0 steel wool and paint thinner.

and a bunch of clean rags

-- David in Damascus, MD

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#2 posted 02-16-2011 07:39 PM

I would sand first – as the solvent will want to pull the color deeper. Many of the stains are both Pigment +Dyes. So you can wipe away the pigment, but the dye is getting redissolved.

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#3 posted 02-16-2011 07:57 PM

Yes, but he pretreated the wood, should be sealed.
Take a couple pieces of scrap cherry and do to it what you did to the piece – practice on these to make sure it gives you the results you want.
If the wood is not pretreated, after you get the majority of the stain off with the sanding, steel wool, or whatever – put a fairly thick towel and put it on the stain and put oderless mineral spirits on the towel, enough to make it damp. Take a hot clothes iron and put it on the towel – I would do this out doors because of the fumes. The solvent will dissolve the stain, the heat will draw the stain to the towel. Anything liquid will move in the direction of the heat source. After a few seconds remove the iron. Then remove the towel and wipe with a clean towel moistened with mineral spirits.

If this works on the scrap, should give the same results on the piece – cherry should be ok, red oak will soak in deeply.

-- David in Damascus, MD

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#4 posted 02-16-2011 09:52 PM

David Good point on your recipe – I was more focussed on his mention of doing this with lacquer thinner – which will redissolve the (usually shellac or lacquer) sealcoat. I have found that usually even mineral spirits will eat Shellac.

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