Kim Gearin
Kim Gearin
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  • Riverdale, GA
Asked on Feb 6, 2013

new here, stain remover for wood?

June @ Coffee Under the UmbrellaZKMS Woodworks
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I like to re- finish furniture.I used to be able to buy stain remover at Walmart but cant find it there anymore. I find all kinds of other strippers. Does anyone know of any good stain removers?
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  • Stain as in for furniture? Or for your clothes?

  • Kim Gearin
    on Feb 6, 2013

    furniture. sorry.

  • I have heard great things about Soy Gel and stain. It's expensive, but I've heard its worth it. I like Citristrip for paint, but never had good luck with it on stain.

  • KMS Woodworks
    on Feb 6, 2013

    I have had better luck with some light sanding to "lighten" stain. If your going darker simply removing the top finish layer will allow more stain to be applied.

  • Z
    on Feb 6, 2013

    Welcome to Hometalk Kim. Glad to have you aboard. I'm curious if you're not talking about a furniture refinisher? It dissolves the original finish and often removes stains too. Below is an example of the difference after using a furniture refinisher.

    new here stain remover, woodworking projects
    • Z
      on Jul 20, 2015

      @Theresa Last I didn't stain it. I'm pretty sure I used just a tung oil finish on it. That's my usual finish when I use a refinisher product.

  • Cheryl M
    on Feb 6, 2013

    Becky what kind or refinisher did you use ? Did you restain ?And did you add a clear finishing coat after ? This came out beautiful !

  • Gail Salminen
    on Feb 6, 2013

    @Kim Gearin - I take it from your title you are new to the site - welcome aboard, you will love it here - lots of friendly people and great advice and creativity with very caring admin who answer tech question quickly and efficiently. Warning - site is addicting LOL. I used to use a product called polystripper, but I couldn't find it last summer when I redid a dresser. I found a product at Home Depot called Heirloom Furniture Stripper. The piece had multiple coats so I got the one for heavy paint - it was very thick and hard to spread. When I ran out I just got the regular strength and it worked much quicker and more effectively. It was even better than the product I used to use. I hope you plan on posting your project pics - everyone loves to see them. :)

  • Z
    on Feb 6, 2013

    @Cheryl, I'm pretty sure it was Klean Strip Refinisher that I used on the above table. I found it in with the thinners at HoDe. Formby's is another brand name and though it works the same, the one I mentioned above was less expensive and wasn't as toxic smelling. I was even able to use it without my gas mask, which says a lot since I'm extremely sensitive. There's no scraping involved. Just wipe on and off with 4-OOOO steel wool.

  • Cheryl M
    on Feb 6, 2013

    Thank you Becky.I will have to look into that for future projects.

  • Kim Gearin
    on Feb 7, 2013

    Thank you all.

  • The Robin's Nest
    on Feb 7, 2013

    Another worthy product (works well on many old finishes) is Restore a Finish, it's a Howard's product, not sold in HoDep or Lowes, but can be ordered online and also can be found in many antique shops/malls. It comes in many colors and although it's not a stain, or a cleaner/stripper. it works very well, it partially disolves the existing finish and redistributes it, so the uneven or worn areas have new color. It also is applied with 0000 steel wool, it can sit a few minutes or so and then it's wiped off with a clean rag.

  • KMS Woodworks
    on Feb 7, 2013

    I get my "Howards" products at my local ace hardware.

  • Z
    on Feb 7, 2013

    I almost mentioned RAF @Rhonda. I've used that too, only our HoDe carries it in a few stain choices. It's very similar to the product I mentioned only, as you mentioned, it has color.

  • @Z what is the difference between a stripper and refinisher?

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