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Forum topic by NormG posted 11-12-2011 08:07 AM 838 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-12-2011 08:07 AM

I have four chairs that may very well be made of quarter sawn white oak. They have been painted and primed with either KILZ or Zinsser. How can I remove either of these WITHOUT destroying the original finish.

-- Norman

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#1 posted 11-12-2011 02:18 PM

What is the original finish?
Are you sure you know what the top coat is?

It’s easy to test.

Bro. Tenzin

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#2 posted 11-12-2011 02:35 PM

I have used a card scraper to strip a ton of paint and stain. Theyre cheap and very effective without the use of chemicals.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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#3 posted 11-12-2011 11:30 PM

You can’t remove a paint/primer without messin’ with the original finish. Think about the film of finish(s). How do ya take one without taking off the other?
Best bet would be to strip and refinish. Kinda hard to visualize without pics.
The scraper technique is a good one, but another finish will have to be appiled. I did this on a swell old chair that we bought for a song. It had stringed inlay that we didn’t want to mess up. Lot of work, but came out very well.


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