Scoop Off The Finish

using a putty knife with a dull edge and rounded corners.

from ihe stripper. For methylene chloride strippers, use a mix of equal pans of denatured alcohol, mineral spirits, and lacquer thinner applied with a nylon pad. For other stoppers, use the solvent recommended on the container.

Finally, repeat the scrub with a solution of one cup household ammonia in a quart of warm water. This will remove silicone or other oils that can interfere with both solvent- and water-based finishes.

Note: If you're using a refinisher, neither of these washes is necessary*. Apply your new finish directly to the stripped wood.

Cleaning Up

Clean scrubbers, brushes, gloves, and other tools in the remaining solvent wash. Put your messy plastic, newspapers with finish gunk, and solvent-soaked rags outside in the fresh air to dry, away from people and pets. Let used solvent wash evaporate. This will go quickly if you pour it onto a pile of wood shavings spread on newspaper or plastic, someplace where there is no risk of fire.

Dry residue from household stripping projects, unless it includes lead paint, is usually considered safe to throw out with the trash. Any residue containing lead paint, and all liquid residue should be treated as hazardous waste. Contact your local health, environmental, or sanitation authorities for disposal instructions. M

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