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Stripping a wooden piece of furniture

decaperMeubleBois-apres The wood cannot breathe and is suffocating under all these coats of paint. Stripping allows you to free the wood from underneath its paint prison. Once you have exposed the smooth and natural wood surface, then you can apply a new finish. It might seem hard to remove all the paint from a piece of furniture, but the task will be much easier if you use the right tools; like the ones presented in the following steps.

Before stripping wood, you must evaluate the work to be done. To do so, remove the finishing on a small hidden area in order to inspect the wood up close. This will give you an idea of the old finish, the type of wood and the condition it is in. You will then be better able to decide if stripping is the way to go or if it would be best to simply clean the piece of furniture and make touch-ups. It is, of course, important to take into consideration how old the piece of furniture is. If it is a high-value antique, do not make it your first attempt at stripping. Once you have decided to go forward, remove the hardware and the accessories. If you find they are very hard to remove, simply protect them with masking tape. Finally, evaluate the extent of the repairs needed where applicable.

decaperMeubleBois-avant Before

This dresser has some very interesting details that were hard to see under the paint.

decaperMeubleBois-1 Apply the first layer of paint remover with an old paintbrush. The contact time is determined by the manufacturer. Then, use a wooden scraper to remove the paint and the product. Make sure to scrape in the same direction as the wood grain to avoid damaging it. You can repeat this operation if some residues remain on the surface.

decaperMeubleBois-2 Use a brass bristle brush to remove the paint on surfaces that have patterns.

decaperMeubleBois-3 Finish the hard-to-reach areas using a scraper with an interchangeable head.

decaperMeubleBois-4 Pour another layer of paint remover. Scrub the surface with a steel wool to remove any remaining paint, varnish or stain. Keep moving in the same direction as the wood grain. Neutralize the surface with a cloth drenched in the product recommended by the manufacturer. Let it dry.


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