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Forum topic by DevilC posted 08-27-2012 04:50 AM 1160 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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DevilC

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08-27-2012 04:50 AM

Recently purchased a Stickley loose cushion settle for $300 via Craigslist.
The low price is a result of a pickled/whitewash finish someone applied at some point.
While I’m not having a hard time removing the finish on the surface, I am having a very hard time removing the whitewash/pickling from the nooks/crannies/and the woodgrain/pores.
Thus far, I am using a citrus-based stripping agent and cloth rags.
Thoughts?
How do I get this finish off?
Included 2x images, one before stripping and 1 after … you can clearly see the whitewash in the pores in the after image.
Thanks!!!


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Bluepine38

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#1 posted 08-27-2012 03:23 PM

I have used toothbrushes cut to various angles and shapes to do similar tasks. You can get the bulk packs
of the hard bristle ones at Costco for not too much money. They are stiff enough to do the chore, and not
hard enough to scratch the wood.

-- As ever, Gus-the 77 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#2 posted 08-27-2012 03:44 PM

I was thinking card scraper but I think Bluepine’s method is much better. Good luck!

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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DevilC

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#3 posted 08-27-2012 06:08 PM

Thanks.
The toothbrush idea sounds reasonable.

Naaive (I am a novice when it comes to wood working and finishing) question but is there some sort of low-impact sand/particle blasting technique that can be used??
I do have several thousand feet of open garage space and a commercial air compressor at my disposal …

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Bertha

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#4 posted 08-27-2012 06:20 PM

Whew, I don’t know. I suppose you could use soft hulls but I don’t think I would risk it. There are guys here that soda blast; they might know better than I. Sandblasting can strip japanning off a plane sole. I’m not sure I’d want to blast a project with it.
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Don, who hangs around in “handplanes of your dreams” is a big time sandblaster. You should ask him. Good luck.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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