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Forum topic by bozekk posted 04-02-2012 11:21 PM 850 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-02-2012 11:21 PM

I finally got all of my new treads in. I ended up needing to remove some trim in order to get the stairs installed. The builder fired a boatload of nails in the trim so I some of trim was removed and it is too damaged to replace.

So, at the bottom of my steps, I have one side that will have to be refinished from bare wood. The other side is simply red oak with a poly finish.

My thoughts are to sand down the poly on the pre-finished side and then stain and re-poly. It’s not a lot of trim but I do have to sand the newel post and trim.

I don’t want to use a chemical to remove. I am thinking if steel wool – is that practical?

Thanks to all!

Plan to publish the project. It’s my first real woodworking adventure that really meant something.


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Gabe C.

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#1 posted 04-05-2012 03:23 AM

Man, I really don’t know. How abrasive IS steel wool? Would sandpaper of a decent grit do a faster job? Information that I need to look up one of these days. Good luck!

-- If I could just get this whole "Time/Money" problem figured out...

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#2 posted 04-05-2012 04:15 AM

I have pieces of the scraps that I pulled. I am going to try 150 and 180 grits first and then go lower. I want to do by hand so I don’t have to set up a surround around stairs if I were to use power sanding. I’ll post here what I find out.


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#3 posted 04-05-2012 04:37 AM

You might try a scraper instead of sand paper

-- Don't be in such a hurry, do it right the first time.

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