January 6, 2013, 02:29 AM
What are the pros and cons of using a stripper (Like Citrus Strip) vs sanding the original finish off?
January 6, 2013, 09:51 AM
I use industrial paint, finish, and varnish stripper.
I then use a damp cloth to wipe it away after it has "curdled" the old finish. Using hot water helps draw out old stain. To speed that process up, I use generous amounts of Krud Cutter. Once clean of finish (I use a toothbrush to get in hard places), hang to dry for a day or more.
This is when I use sanding: 400 grit to blend, 600 to smooth, 1200 to blend finish, stain, sealers, then 0000 steel wool for final buff.
There really aren't cons if used properly.
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