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Forum topic by mIps posted 03-30-2014 05:07 PM 553 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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03-30-2014 05:07 PM

A friend of mine has a small table that is in need of some repair and refinishing. I would consider doing it but the table has some fairly delicate inlay going on. Is there a good way to clean off the old finish to prepare it for refinishing that is relatively easy and inexpensive that would not require completely disassembling the whole table?

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#1 posted 03-30-2014 09:29 PM

Your best bet is probably a methylene chloride based paint stripper, used in conjunction with a plastic scraper of the type used to apply auto body filler. After the finish is gone, use a rag soaked in lacquer thinner to remove the stripper residue. If I were you, I’d avoid any of the newer water based removers, because they could potentially damage the inlays. Also, and this probably goes without saying, sand sparingly, if at all. The inlays are probably quite thin, and it would likely be easy to burn through.

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