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Old 06-14-2013, 06:31 AM
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Default Finish removal

My mother in law asked me to refinish a table top that had been damaged from water. Her elderly sister had placed her plants on the table and water has caused most of the finish to fail. Some stains also made it into the wood.

I brought the thing home and have sanded it down pretty well. I was hoping to spray it Saturday when I do some prefinishing on my bookcase project.

With some work the top is getting close. The edge I can't sand down due to shape. I have tried Lacquer Thinner, and DNA, they both seems to have little effect.

The finish is clear with a yellow color like it is some sort of Poly, what I have no idea. I find it interesting that water did so much damage but I have difficulty getting the stuff off.

Any ideas on how to remove the finish from the edge?? What material to use?

Thanks

Mark
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Old 06-14-2013, 12:41 PM
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Default Re: Finish removal

A paint stripping chemical may work. If its a poly finish it should.
Just brush the stuff on, wait for the chemical to react with the finish, then scrape and wire brush most of it off. You will have some sanding to do after. What shape/profile is the edge?
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Old 06-14-2013, 03:54 PM
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If the edge shape is not too complex, mix up a good chunk of Bondo and press it onto the edge. When it dies, you will have a custom sanding block to fit the shape. A little wax on the edge will make it easier to remove the bond.
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