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Forum topic by michaelandcyn posted 08-21-2012 07:58 AM 700 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-21-2012 07:58 AM

Topic tags/keywords: question refurbishing unknown wood type

My husband and I purchased a set of bunk beds.The previous owner tried to stain them. When you touch the spindels or the bottom edge of the head board your hands get sticky and the stain is on them. I don’t know when or what they used. I think the face and back of the head board is venere but the spindals are not. Should we just try to stip them or is there a way to make them dry. I think they actually tried to varish over the venere on the one set. What will happen if I try to remove that stain? Will it make the venere bubble? I really don’t want to have to re-venere a set of bunk beds but I don’t want this tacky smeary stain on them either.
Our project is to make a day bed using a set of bunk beds. Any sugestions on what to do and if you recomend removing the stain and starting over what do you recomend to use both as a remover and to stain again and seal.
Michael and Cynthia

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#1 posted 08-21-2012 10:35 AM

Try a small area frist using mineral sprites on a rag to remove it. Won’t hurt the wood or the venere. Don’t use on the dry varnished areas it may dull the finish.

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#2 posted 08-21-2012 11:29 AM

I agree with Lunn, if they tried to stain over the original finish, you should be able to clean it off. It’s a good place to start. If that doesn’t work, come back and post again and we’ll come up with some other ideas.

-- John

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#3 posted 08-21-2012 01:17 PM

They just wiped stain on to hide scratches. Where the existing varnish was good the stain doesn’t penetrate, just sits on top. Wipe it off with the rag dampened with spirits or paint thinner and you’re done.

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#4 posted 08-22-2012 12:30 AM

Thank you all I am going to try the mineral spirits and let you know. I appreciate you input.
Michael and Cyn

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#5 posted 08-22-2012 02:07 AM

If the MS doesn’t make it smooth enough, you might try sealing over it with shellac. I’m amazed at what it will stick to and cover.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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