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Before you even begin, look over the entire buffet for any loose parts or veneers. If you find
Here s a good DIY link on doing this type of project. http://tlc.howstuffworks.com/home/how-to-str...
Follow that with denatured alcohol to remove the leftover sludge.
Then you are ready to nuetralize the stripper vapors with a 20-25% vinegar solution worked into the wood.
A light sanding will finish it up.
Messy business it is. Invest in a respirator.
When I refinished this 1860's era drop front desk I did a few back to back Strips with simple cotton rags soaked in ethanol. In my case the woods were solid Mahogany and Mahogany veneers so no
I know that the old natural "patina" of some old pieces adds the the value of the piece...but in our case we actually use this piece of furniture and some of the finish damage was just too unsightly.