Slow And Safe

SAFEST STRIPPER, made by 3H. is the only very safe stripper. It an be used indoors with no special ventilation and no gloves (although if your skin is sensitive, you may want to wear them anyway). Safest Stripper is particularly effective on oil-based paint and polyurethane. However, it can take as long as 24 hours to soften a finish. Safest Stripper seems to pull oil-based finish out of the pores better than other strippers, so it's handy for woods like oak and ash. Because it's water-based, it will raise the wood grain and can loosen veneer.

SEAL YOUR WORK IN A BAG. If the piece is too big for a bag, cover it with a tent made of polyethylene sheeting. I like to put several layers of newspapers under the work to catch the drips.

SEAL YOUR WORK IN A BAG. If the piece is too big for a bag, cover it with a tent made of polyethylene sheeting. I like to put several layers of newspapers under the work to catch the drips.

clean, to prevent possible damage to the wood. The other strippers can remain on the wood for long periods without damaging it.

Take It All Off

Before you remove the bag, open the windows, turn on the fan, put on your goggles, gloves, apron and respirator. Open the bag carefully. The finish should virtually fall off right down to the bare wood. Scoop it off (Photos 4 and 5), using whatever tool works without damaging the wood. If you're using a water-based stripper, don't use metal tools or steel wool; they can leave rust marks on the wood.

As you remove the sludge, spread it out on newspaper. The object is to let it dry out before you dispose of it. If the stnpper on your piece starts to dry before you get it off, add more stnpper with your brush or pad If the finish still doesn't come completely off, recoat the wood, lie up the bag, and repeat the process.

Washing the Wood

Before the wood has a chance to dry, wash off any last bits of paint or residue

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