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Forum topic by jaykaypur posted 04-20-2012 12:48 AM 1242 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-20-2012 12:48 AM

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I have a rustic old cedar stump that I sained with Danish oil. It turned out great but then a few days later, I went and applied teak oil also. My question is….how can I get the finishes OFF ? Will DNA work? Can a high pressure car wash wand do it? I have tried sanding with various types—wheels, grinders, paper, etc. and it just gums up. Any help would be appreciated.

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#1 posted 04-20-2012 12:59 AM

Steam cleaning?

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#2 posted 04-20-2012 01:40 AM

I wish I had an answer for you, but I think steam cleaning, might be my best gues as well. I would try DNA first and if that didn’t work them move on to the steamer. Maybe pressure washing but that could destroy the wood.

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#3 posted 04-20-2012 03:08 AM

Wipe it down with mineral spirits. When you have gotten off all you can, let it dry a few days. Then soda blast it. Pressure washing will shred it to say nothing of thoroughly wetting it down. Soda blasting will remove everything back to the wood, do no harm aand is environmentaly friendly. It’s simply baking soda—sodium bicarbonate.

Or you can look for sand blasters in your area until you find one equipped for soda blasting. It’s better for one’s lung too. No silicosis.


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#4 posted 04-21-2012 10:56 AM

Thanks to y’all for the input. I ended up using 3M’s “safest stripper.” This stuff has the consistancy/look of sausage gravy and in 2 hours it did the job perfectly! I bought 2 quarts of it and used one. With just a little brushing with a brass brush and rinsing with a garden hose/nozzle, it cleaned the stump of all the teak oil coating….and that’s what I wanted off. This stuff is a water based product and was very easy to use and clean up! I was, to say the least, pleasantly surprised.

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#5 posted 12-08-2012 11:16 AM

Gotta ask….why did you decide to take the finish off?
Did the the two combine and gum up on the outside?

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#6 posted 12-08-2012 12:15 PM

Oil finishes penetrate into the wood somewhat so mineral spirits or alcohol probably wouldn’t do it. Besides, Danish oil and teak oil aren’t really oil finishes. That is, there is probably some oil in them but it’s mostly varnish. Which is not a bad thing.

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#7 posted 12-09-2012 01:08 AM

hello you have to use a product which contains sodium percarbonate. You have to read on the can of the product if this product contains this sodium percarbonate. Apply and everything comes off/ out and you are ready to apply a new oil. If you have stains, then you need to apply a addional product for bleaching out the stain if sanding does not work. Here is all you need to know on renovating wood surfaces, it is based on decking, but applies to all wood surfaces.

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