Donna McCrummen
Donna McCrummen
  • Hometalker
  • Bernardsville, NJ
Asked on Dec 3, 2011

I used Citristrip on a bunch of drawers about a week and a half ago.

KMS WoodworksDonna McCrummen3po3
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All I did was aggressively wipe it off. Now that I'm ready to stain what should I clean it with first?
9 answers
  • 3po3
    on Dec 4, 2011

    I helped my wife refinish a bookcase a while back. We cleaned off the citrus cleaner with mineral spirits, as recommended by the manufacturer. It worked great, but it did dry out the wood some, so be careful if it's a really valuable piece.

  • Donna McCrummen
    on Dec 4, 2011

    Thank you Steve. It is a very valuable piece. I will use mineral spirits then a pre-stain wood conditioner. I'm usually not nervous as mistakes can usually be remedied but as I said it is valuable.

  • KMS Woodworks
    on Dec 4, 2011

    Donna...I've used a green "kitchen scrubbie" to help with getting some of the residuals off. The "sponge" part helps keep it moist while working. (I'm actually working on a 7 foot long Mahogany table this week in my shop...I did the first coat of citrus stripe yesterday) I use odorless thinner to clean up between applications

  • Donna McCrummen
    on Dec 4, 2011

    Thanks KMS - Post pics of your project. I'd love the inspiration.

  • KMS Woodworks
    on Dec 5, 2011

    I'm back in the shop later today after I finish up here on hometalk....I need the run my heaters down there before I can even think about getting started...we had -8 last night and my basement shop is not on the rest of the homes heating system.

  • Donna McCrummen
    on Dec 5, 2011

    -8?? Good Lord.

  • KMS Woodworks
    on Dec 6, 2011

    just came up from the shop...we are at -20.8...and it may get even colder tonight....time to bring in some more firewood

  • Donna McCrummen
    on Dec 6, 2011

    Burrrrr - Where is Nederland? I lived in Colo Springs for 6 years I don't remember it being that cold.

  • KMS Woodworks
    on Dec 6, 2011

    We are 18 miles west of Boulder and about 3000 feet higher

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