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GuyK

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07-03-2009 12:42 PM

Topic tags/keywords: floor finish question

A neighbor of mine is refinishing some old wood floors and is having a difficult time getting the old shellac finish off. He is using a stripper from one of the Borgs and it is leaving a film when he is done. It does take the finish off to the bare wood, but still leaves a residue. Does anyone have any suggestions that I could pass along to him??

TIA

-- Guy Kroll www.thelandsathillsidefarms.org


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#1 posted 07-03-2009 01:03 PM

Screen sander

-- Steve, Webster Groves, MO "A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in."

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#2 posted 07-03-2009 01:09 PM

After using a stripper you need to wash the wood. I know some people actually hose down the old furniture that they strip. I don’t recommend that, but the stripper residue will need to be wiped off with a wet rag. They will still need to sand after it is dry. I am not sure that this will work after the residue is dry. You might use mineral spirits instead of water. I think this is the best idea. You will need to check for chemical reactions. Read the container of stripper. There are directions, warnings, and usually a number for help. Most people don’t read the labels.

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#3 posted 07-06-2009 07:51 AM

Hey guy
Use a screen sander as Wibblypig suggested and clean with naphtha, chances are the floors finish is varnish not shellac.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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