|Forum topic by 240sxguy||posted 47 days ago||704 views||0 times favorited||19 replies|
47 days ago
Hey everybody! First post here. I’ve read this forum as a lurker for a long time and finally decided to join after my latest debacle. I am refinishing an Ethan Allen kitchen table that was pretty banged up from years of use and a chandelier falling on it at my folks house.
I stripped it using citristrip without a problem, I think it may have had a lacquer finish. If you put anything wet on it the finish was ring city. That aside, it was pretty beaten up with chips and scratches all the way through the finish. I stained it using a custom mixed stain from Sherwin Williams (wiping stain) which in hindsight is the wrong thing to use since I’d like to wipe on my varnish coats.
I got a bunch of fisheying during the varnish stage. I was using minwax poly (which I know seems to be universally hated). The stain didn’t appear to have fisheying in it, but my wife did the actual stain job and it looked great when I got home.
Order of operations was;
1) citristrip + very fine scotchbrite to get the old finish off
2) Clean up residue with thinner as per the instructions on the can of citristrip
3) Let dry for 1+ day
4) Tack cloth
6) Tack cloth
7) Varnish (fisheye city) and let dry for 2 days
8) Tack cloth
9) Varnish (which looked terrible so I stripped it back off immediately)
I suspect I have a contamination issue with the scratches that were on the table. Use of pledge and all that jazz.
Word on the street is that I really should be stripping with an MEK based stripper. That’s my last choice because my garage is too cold to let an MEK based stripper work worth a darn and I don’t want the fumes in the house. Is there an alternative?
Thanks guys, I sincerely appreciate it.