Whenever you repair a piece of wooden furniture, you usually need to apply a brand new stain to it. After doing all the patching and repairs, you can apply a new stain that will update your piece and make it look more modern. The first step is to remove your existing stain. There are a few different ways that you can remove stain from wooden furniture. You can either use only power sanders or you can use chemical wood strippers. This article explains the drawbacks and advantages of each approach. It should help you decide which is best for your piece of furniture.
Using Chemical Strippers
Chemical stripper usually come in gel form. It is potent and harmful to your skin, so you need to be wearing a long sleeve shirt, eye protection and latex gloves when applying it to your furniture. You basically rub it onto your wood and then let it sit for a designated amount of time. It should cause the existing stain to crack and peel away from the wood. Then, you will need to come back over it with a dry rag to rub off the majority of the stain. The problem is that chemical strippers don't always work as well as advertised. In most cases, you will still need to do a lot of sanding to remove the rest of the stain. For this reason, many people just avoid using the stripper altogether and start with the sanders.
The difficulty of sanding off your old stain depends on what type of stain was used, how old it is, how it was applied and what type of wood it is. Really, there is no way of knowing how difficult the removal will be until you start to do it. It is best to start up with a medium grit sandpaper that will rough up the surface and remove the majority of the stain. Then, you will need to use a fine grit sandpaper to make the surface a little smoother and paint-ready.
Since most furniture pieces have tight corners and decorative miters, you will also need to use some handheld sponge sanders to hit all of these areas. Start off with the power sander and then use the sponge sanders to get the rest of the areas that you missed.
It is a good idea to try and just remove your stain with power sanders. If these don't seem to be working, you can then resort to using the chemical strippers. For more information, contact a business such as Granddad's Refinishing, LLC.