Asked on May 8, 2017

How to remove varnish and stain from old furniture?

PatriciaGinnyC. D. Scallan


5 answers
  • Hillela G.
    on May 8, 2017

    You can use a stiff-bristled scrub brush to remove varnish from fancy, curved details. Some of the stain may linger after scraping. To remove it, dampen a soft, fine-grade steel-wool pad with more paint stripper and rub it against the wood, following the wood grain, then wipe off the softened stain with a rag
  • And1639926
    on May 8, 2017

    they sell spray on stripper.
  • C. D. Scallan
    on May 26, 2017

    Citristrip is a good product and wrapping plastic wrap around the wood while it sits is supposed to help increase its effects to remove varnish . Stain sinks into the wood . You can sand it, but beyond removing several layers of the wood (and you may still not get it all) you might want to consider using a primer and then painting over it.
  • Ginny
    on Jun 7, 2017

    Any good remover available at HD, Lowes or Ace should work. Be sure you use removers in a well ventilated area. This is the time to "stop in" at your local antique store where furniture is refinished and ask questions.
  • Patricia
    on Jun 7, 2017

    I use an orbital sander for flat areas. For legs and detailed areas I use Citristrip. Just know going into the project that it's a big job and messy! Good luck!
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