Stripping stain from hickory vanity

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Forum topic by abusybeemommy posted 08-18-2012 04:53 PM 1047 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-18-2012 04:53 PM

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I just purchased a custom made hickory vanity and made the mistake of having it stained an autumn oak. From the sample it didn’t look orange. I have it home and it looks pumpkin orange!! What’s the best and quickest way to strip this to its natural beauty and what kind of varnish should I use on it after I’m done? Thanks!

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#1 posted 08-18-2012 05:02 PM


I would check with the maker to see what finish they used. If it can be dissolved, use that solvent. If not, it’s either chemical or mechanical stripping to remove the clearcoat. Getting the stain off, and back to raw wood, will require sanding and/or scraping, and will depend on how deeply the stain penetrated.

Can you live with a darker finish? If so you can use a glaze, which is designed to go between two finish coats to darken it and knock back the orange. Glaze then finish on top of that. The maker might be able to do it for you.

Another thought; is this custom like you gave them the size and they built it for you, or custom likke you bought it from an independent cabinetmaker? I ask because perhaps the maker can resell the one you have and make you another. It will cost you some, but so will changing the color.

Good Luck!

-- John

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#2 posted 08-19-2012 02:45 AM

This is why I never stain wood directly. You may be stuck with it. You can try stripping the vanity and praying that takes the color out. IF the color is in the finish, and the wood was not strained directly, your golden. Strip an inconspicuous spot and pray.

Your other option is to do like jmos say, though glazing isn’t your only option. You can tint it with colored finish. To neutralize orange you’ll have to go with something in the blue range (like a walnut finish).

Unfortunately, no matter what you do, unless it strips, you’ll just have to settle for neutralizing the orange to a darker, more acceptable, brown.

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